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HISTORIC BUILDING: Local funeral home working on addition

September 24, 2013

Smith and Sons Funeral Homes, Inc. is renovating the front of its building to add an additional 3,100 square feet. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

COLUMBIA CITY — A local funeral home is remodeling its historic location and looking toward the future.

Smith and Sons Funeral Homes, Inc. is remodeling its Columbia City location on North Main Street.

Currently, the plan is to add 3,100 square feet to the historic structure, which has been the home of the Smith family’s funeral business since 1935.

“It’s a project we have been working on for a year-and-a-half,” said C. Taron, “Terry” Smith, president of the funeral home.

The addition will include a new chapel, viewing room, office and handicapped restrooms. It is expected to be completed in approximately four months.

“We’ve been working on the designs for a long time,” Smith said.

There has been a great deal of work done to the Main Street location since the Smith family came in 1935. Before that, it was the home of Simon J. Peabody, who owned lumber companies in Columbia City.

Since the funeral business has been there, a total of six additions or renovations have been performed. Smith said the most recent one was 18 years ago.

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