North Sixth Street, Hannibal

Turning left onto North Street, there is a Greek Revival house that has seen many changes over the years. I suspect it may have been built before street grading, and it is also obvious that its front door originally was in the far right bay of the front facade–note the overly wide lintel and poorly filled in bricks below the window. The porch, now torn off, was not original, either. Below, this beautiful Italianate house, with a gabled roof instead of a hipped or pyramid roof, which we’ve been seeing more of recently in this style, also has a later porch added. It would probably be easier to remove it when the house is renovated.

Then, at the northwest corner of North Street and North Sixth Street is a former school now owned by a church. Sanborn maps show that houses were originally on the site.

Turning left, we now head south down North Sixth Street, where there are many old Greek Revival houses and later Italianate houses.

There are also some interesting duplexes, such as the one below, which for lack of a better description, I will call Queen Anne, due to the elaborate millwork on the porches. There are some Italianate elements, as well.

The views from the street are stunning, and the Mississippi River is easily seen from many points along the descent. The belvederes on the Italianate houses, which are those square, cupola-like structures at the top of the pyramid roofs, surely provide spectacular views of the river.

This house below is a fascinating duplex; who gets the middle dormer? There is a window air conditioner sticking out of it. The porches must be a nice amenity for the owners.

Renovations continue; there are signs on the lawns of houses being rehabbing saying how they’re under construction. I found it sort of funny, as they almost sound apologetic that they were once abandoned or rundown.

A sense of the steep grade of the street can be seen in the photograph below.

Down towards the bottom of the hill is this get example of an Italianate villa, with the belvedere clearly visible.

This Italianate duplex below is a good example of a building I could see in Chicago, and shows the city’s ties via the railroads.

Another Italianate villa finishes up the street as we get close to Center Street.

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  1. Sara says:

    The former school is the old Pettibone school, with Pettibone being a lumber baron family of Hannibal. The Italianate belvederes serve as great vantage points for viewing the annual Independence Day fireworks show originating from Lover’s Leap.

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