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Historic Landmark Will Remain A Resource for Campus, Community

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 16, 2009) – UCM will appoint a joint committee of campus and community to develop a plan for the preservation and best use of a Warrensburg landmark.

Achauer Home
The Achauer House at 314 S. Holden St. has recently been donated to UCM

Achauer Home Donated to UCM

Longtime Warrensburg resident, businesswoman and civic leader Maurine Achauer recently donated her stately Victorian home at 314 S. Holden St. to the university. The gift consists of the home and surrounding property, as well as some of Achauer’s personal belongings. This includes the large kitchen table where Achauer frequently entertained groups of UCM alumni, visiting dignitaries, and scores of longtime friends and new acquaintances, engaging them in stimulating conversation.

Historic Significance, Legacy to be Considered

“We’re bringing together a group of representatives from the campus and community who not only can help us fully appreciate the historic significance of the property, but also can assist in determining the best use for it in keeping with the legacy of Mrs. Achauer’s contributions to the university and Warrensburg,” said Joe Kremer, UCM assistant vice president for major gifts and interim executive director of the UCM Foundation.

Planned Gift an Example of Donor's Generosity

Kremer added that the gift was made through a retained life estate, which allows a property owner to donate property to a not-for-profit organization, receiving an income tax deduction for the property’s discounted value for the year in which the donation was made. The donor then may continue to use the property until deciding to transfer ownership. After initiating the retained life estate several years ago, Achauer chose in November 2008 to give her remaining interest in the estate to UCM.

 “Maurine’s ability to bring people together is extraordinary, and there’s no telling just how many positive, lasting impressions of this community were built just because she welcomed people into her home,” said UCM President Aaron Podolefsky. “We’re so grateful for her tremendous generosity over the years, and for the countless times she has opened her doors to help the university. Her home will provide a lasting testament to the wonderful way she has touched our lives at UCM.”

Let Us Hear From You

Input from the campus and community is an important part of this decision making process. Send your suggestions online for consideration by the committee.