EPiC Church, Former Troy Presbyterian Church

I will openly admit to being severely ignorant and unknowledgeable of Troy and Lincoln County history, but we did stumble across this beautiful building, which is now home to the EPiC Church. However, carefully reading a limestone dedication stone above the front door, we learn that this was the former home of the Troy Presbyterian…

Lincoln County Courthouse and Former Jail

Designed by Gustave Bachmann and constructed in 1870, the Lincoln County Courthouse in Troy is the second building on the site, replacing an earlier structure on the site built in 1830. Contractors Edwards and Griffiths completed the building for $27,500. The architectural drawings are kept by the Missouri State Historical Society. I call the building…

Main Street, Troy, Lincoln County

Troy, the county seat of Lincoln County, which is just north of St. Charles County on U.S. Highway 61, has experienced considerable growth over the last twenty years. The downtown is interesting, and is relatively intact while sprawl occurs to the north. The most ornate building is this long Italianate block, with the original tenants’…

Pitman Cemetery

Recently volunteers have restored a historic cemetery in St. Charles County that holds the grave of a Revolutionary War veteran. The grave of John Pitman is above; as is typical of Protestant settlers, the dead were buried in family cemeteries in early Missouri. Here’s a link to a great article about how the subdivision developer…

Zoar German Methodist Church and Cemetery

Down a little road is the Zoar German Methodist Church, a remnant of a time when there were little houses of worship scattered throughout the countryside. The church seems to be closed, but a non-profit association has sprung up to operate the cemetery. It is a small, simple Romanesque Revival church that is in good…

Boyd Plantation, Towne Park

Moved and restored after a disastrous fire, the Boyd Plantation house is now the centerpiece of Towne Park near Foristell in northern St. Charles County. It sits in a broad swath of open land east of Highway 63 on land donated by the Towne family. You approach it from the north where you can see…

Christian Science Reading Room

We couldn’t figure out the history of what is now a Christian Science Reading Room, but it is clearly an old house, judging from its Greek Revival style and the soft brick that makes up its walls. Early brick in the St. Louis region was not fired at as high of temperatures as later eras,…

The Captain James Campbell House, Boonslick Road

Update: This is the Captain James Campbell House, and it holds an important place in St. Louis regional history. The famous story of Archer Alexander, an escaped slave whose story was later chronicled by William Greenlead Eliot, apparently helped build this house before the Civil War. To read more about Campbell and Alexander’s link to…

Farmstead, Surrounded by Highways

We spotted this farmhouse, which had received some more decorative millwork but is still essentially a Greek Revival wood frame structure, sitting on a rapidly shrinking plot of land on St. Peters Parkway, just to the north of the Page Avenue Extension. What is interesting is that fair number of outbuildings are still standing. I’m…

The Lawrence Cribbin House, St. Charles County Heritage Museum

We’re going to be looking at Greek Revival farmhouses out in St. Charles County for the next week along with some other landmarks. Many of the houses are perhaps not “pure” Greek Revival anymore because of additions and elaborations, but I found it fascinating just how many survive. In this case, this is the which…