Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Links between local Italianate Style Homes

Marilyn and I went to a meeting of people who admire old homes last Sunday evening.  The property is known as "Fette Orchard" in Hannibal.  The barn was constructed in the 1850's with later additions.  In the 1870's, the house was built in the same Italianate style as Shelbina's Mansion.   We admire the effort which Scott and Jean Meyer  have committed to the restoration of the Fette Orchard property .  Just beginning, they have a lot more experience with restoration than we.  If fact, they own a restoration business that did the work on Lincoln's tomb in Springfield, IL.  While discussing their project, I mentioned that we also owned an Italianate style home called the Benjamin House.  Scott quickly replied that he knew the house well and had worked on it for both the Crist family and the Longs.  What a connection of styles, age, and workmen!

Linoleum from the past like flooring at Shelbina's Mansion
Large room ready for restoration to begin.

Early stage of renovation

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