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The Frederick Building has been recommended for the inclusion on the National Register of Historic Preservation by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
The Frederick Building dates back to 1928 and was recommended for the inclusion based on its architectural style of classical revival, which was very different than the contemporary styles surrounding the building. The Frederick Building is an apartment building in downtown Columbia that has the majority of its original details. The application details the original features still present on the property including the formal lobby with black and white marble stone tiles and a chandelier, the original wood work (moldings, floors, etc.), and "FREDERICK" and the winged shield above the entrance, dedicating the building to honor Frederick W. Niedermeyer, Jr., the builder's son who was a celebrated WWI pilot. Built by architect, David Frederick Wallace, the apartment building has been home to many University of Missouri and Stephen's College faculty along with Jos A. Barth, President of the Barth's Clothing Company, and R.B. Price II, grandson of the founder of the Boone County National Bank and the namesake of the Beverly Apartments also located in downtown Columbia.
"The Frederick is a great building. Walking inside is like entering a time machine; it is one of the most intact historic buildings I have seen in quite a while, and the rehabilitation plans are being carefully crafted to preserve that character, " Deb Sheals, who completed the application for the National Register of Historic Places on behalf of the property owners.
The Frederick Building was identified in the Locust Historic Study Area Survey (commissioned by the Historic Preservation Commission in 2009) as likely eligible for individual listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The survey can be found online: http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/community_development/commission_archive/Commissions/HPC/documents/Locust.pdf
The Historic Preservation Commission commends the property owner for their application to the National Register and their stewardship of the property. Recognizing the building's contribution to the social and architectural history of Columbia, the Commission supports the listing of the Frederick Building to the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Register of Historic Places was created in 1966, has more than 80,000 properties listed nationally, has more than 40 properties listed in Columbia, and offers benefits like state and national tax credits, grants for preservation planning and rehabilitation, and documentation of a property's historic significance.