Kennedy Blvd (3rd Street), Vandalia

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The wealth of Vandalia shows in the stunning mansion lining Kennedy Boulevard in downtown. This house, now a law office, is a spectacular example of Italianate architecture with just a bit if Neoclassicism in the pediment on the front.

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Another house, down the street, features an intact widow’s walk and the same pedimented front.

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But oh my, look at those Queen Anne mansions! That bell shaped roof on the turret predominates around this part of Illinois, though I’ve seen one in Iowa as well.

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Some are restored, while others hold on, slightly dirty, awaiting their restoration.

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Vandalia gets hilly on the north side of town, as the drop off in the land demonstrates.

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