A Chopped Off Mansion, Kirksville

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It may be hard to believe, but the building shown in these two pictures once was a massive mansion that rose no fewer than four stories tall. Then one day, some genius decided to tear down the top three floors and leave the trunk of the building to become a supermarket. If you look closely, you can still see the remnants of two turrets, one in front and one in back that graced the once stately house on Franklin Street.

Update: The more I look at this building, I don’t think it was merely truncated but rather demolished and the stones reused for the new building. No stately house would have sat so close to the street, whose width had not dramatically changed in the last one hundred years. Nor would such a house have its windows and doors so low to the ground in the 19th Century.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Claire says:

    Whoever did this must have been one hell of a cynic.

  2. Liam Moran says:

    Are these older pictures, or did you recently have some business up in the old haunts?

  3. Chris says:

    I actually was up there for my birthday last weekend.

  4. Liam Moran says:

    Are there people up there that you still know?How’ve things changed? Last I heard, the town was getting less and less fun as the “quality” of the students improved.

  5. Chris says:

    I don’t know anyone up there anymore, except a couple of professors. It was mainly a weekend getaway trip, so to speak. Most of the cool places are gone; I couldn’t even find a place to get a drink. There was a great Mexican restaurant in the old Fazzoli’s called La Fuente.

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