Historic Columbia home meets wrecking ball

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An historic Columbia landmark named after a prominent black restaurant owner and caterer has been torn down after a preservationist was unable to raise enough money to save it.

The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/vJUGgy ) reports that the 91-year-old Annie Fisher House on Old Highway 63 was demolished by its owners. The home once was the site of a black-owned restaurant that catered to civic leaders. It was run by a woman whose famous biscuits were served at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

Columbia activist Sheila Ruffin had sought to preserve the landmark but was unable to raise enough money to buy the building. The property’s owners are considering an expansion of their self-storage business.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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