j.w. blind boone home

Reverend Clyde Ruffin

  COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The historic, Victorian house of ragtime pianist J.W "Blind" Boone is set to open this summer after 16 years of renovations.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the J.W. "Blind" Boone Heritage Foundation will host a public celebration this summer before the home opens permanently for tours, receptions and other activities.

The city of Columbia purchased the Boone house from Warren Funeral Home 16 years ago for nearly $180,000.

Renovations totaling more than $800,000 went slowly at times because the house was in such poor condition.

Thinking Out Loud: The Blind Boone Home

Jul 7, 2015
Clyde Ruffin

Work continues on restoration of the Columbia home of Ragtime composer and concert pianist J.W. "Blind" Boone. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, the Reverend Clyde Ruffin visits with KBIA's Darren Hellwege about the progress and the process of making Boone's home a useful community space.

Blind Boone Ragtime Festival returns to Columbia

Jun 7, 2013
Blind Boone Heritage Foundation

The Blind Boone Ragtime Festival returns to Columbia this Sunday, honoring a local and national legend.  The festival features concerts and seminars from world-class ragtime performers both Monday and Tuesday.  It is named for John William “Blind” Boone, a ragtime musician who lived in Columbia around the turn of the twentieth century and helped pioneer the genre.

City of Columbia finds $1.9 million budget surplus

Mar 19, 2013
columbia city hall
File Photo / KBIA

The new "incentive budgeting" technique has resulted in a $1.9 million surplus in the City of Columbia's budget. City council members discussed Monday ways the money could be spent, including street and sidewalk repairs, the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home renovation and adding more wheelchair accessible entrances.

The council did not vote on any measure, but said it agrees on rewarding the city for saving money.