UM President's empty house opens for booking

4 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, October 01 2014 Oct 1, 2014 Wednesday, October 01, 2014 5:47:00 PM CDT October 01, 2014 in News
By: Julia Avery, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Starting Wednesday, Providence Point, the former home for University of Missouri System presidents, located at 1900 South Providence Road will be open for the public to book events in the building. 

The hilltop mansion, worth an estimated $2.4 million, was recently renovated. The recent Providence Point updates cost the university more than $200,000. Although the mansion was updated, President Tim Wolfe was not interested in living there. 

Wolfe and his wife moved out of the estate last fall to a different house in Columbia. He now receives a $2,400 monthly housing allowance.

Each of Wolfe's eight predecessors has lived there, and some complained the house isn't family friendly. He did indicate that he wanted to live in a more traditional home before he became president of the University of Missouri System in 2012.

An open house took place Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. UM Administrators said some have already booked an event.

The bedrooms in the house will go unused for the time being, and there are a limited amount of rooms available to be reserved.

Mary Ratchford Douglass, daughter of former UM President, President C. Brice Ratchford said she grew up in Providence Point. She said converting it to a venue is a mistake.

"The University presidents' houses were built for the purpose of hosting guests to the Universities, and Providence Point is no different," said Douglass. "When used as intended, they generate good will in exponential ways and develop funding streams not accessible in other ways. Using the house as just another venue for rental will in the long run cost the University of Missouri system dearly. Not just money, much more."

UM System Chief Communications Officer John Fougere said the UM System hopes to keep a southern hospitality feel.

"We thought it was very important to maintain the prestige and high prominence that Providence Point has enjoyed and capitalize that and continue to use it as a center for events and for groups to come to have meeting space and that type of activity, and we are very excited about the use of the residence in it's new role," said Fougere.

For directions, rental rates and additional information, click here.  

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Some University of Missouri workers and the union representing them are holding a demonstration Thursday to demand higher... More >>
33 minutes ago Thursday, June 20 2019 Jun 20, 2019 Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:23:00 AM CDT June 20, 2019 in News
FULTON – A unique camp is being held this week in Fulton for kids with disabilities. The iCan Bike... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, June 19 2019 Jun 19, 2019 Wednesday, June 19, 2019 10:42:00 PM CDT June 19, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The main runway at the Jefferson City Memorial Airport is ready for planes again, according to Public... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, June 19 2019 Jun 19, 2019 Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:01:00 PM CDT June 19, 2019 in News
LAURIE - Cleanup is underway at the Westlake Aquatic Center after a 93-year-old woman crashed through the building and into... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, June 19 2019 Jun 19, 2019 Wednesday, June 19, 2019 5:05:00 PM CDT June 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - PedNet Coalition will host a community bike ride memorial service in honor of the late Darwin Hindman on... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, June 19 2019 Jun 19, 2019 Wednesday, June 19, 2019 4:44:00 PM CDT June 19, 2019 in News
FULTON - Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will lecture at Weminster College in the fall. Her presentation will... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, June 19 2019 Jun 19, 2019 Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:11:00 PM CDT June 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Cooper's Landing is projected to partially reopen in time to celebrate July 4th. Flood clean up efforts are... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, June 19 2019 Jun 19, 2019 Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:28:00 PM CDT June 19, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis man is accused of threatening to shoot and kill "every gay person"... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, June 19 2019 Jun 19, 2019 Wednesday, June 19, 2019 10:45:00 AM CDT June 19, 2019 in News
BENTON, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri sheriff has fired a deputy who is running against him for sheriff next... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, June 19 2019 Jun 19, 2019 Wednesday, June 19, 2019 10:36:14 AM CDT June 19, 2019 in News
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — A 29-year-old Missouri man has been sentenced in the stabbing death of a woman in Sedalia.... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, June 19 2019 Jun 19, 2019 Wednesday, June 19, 2019 8:17:00 AM CDT June 19, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a woman was trapped in a St. Louis jail stairwell for more than two... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, June 19 2019 Jun 19, 2019 Wednesday, June 19, 2019 8:04:46 AM CDT June 19, 2019 in News
BRUNSWICK - SEMA returned to Brunswick today to continue its training for flood damage assessment. KOMU spoke with multiple... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 11:48:00 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - Chris Redel is the new Ward 2 Alderman for Holts Summit. The initial election took place... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 11:26:00 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police have taken one suspect into custody following a manhunt near Boonville Road and are still searching... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 11:00:00 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
MID-MISSOURI - One child, 11 months old, died in Calverton Park, near St. Louis, on June 2, 2019. The temperature... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:07:00 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in Weather
CAMDENTON - The cause of a house fire is under investigation after crews battled flames in Camdenton Tuesday morning. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:52:00 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A cash reward has been increased for anyone with information on an injured three-month-old pit bull in St.... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 7:13:00 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A research summit on disaster relief and recovery comes at a "fortuitous time," according to one of the... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:17:00 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
4am 65°
5am 64°
6am 64°
7am 63°