North Side of Washington Park, Downtown Quincy, Illinois

Hampshire Street in between 4th and 5th street contains an exceptional row of Italianate buildings that are more or less well-preserved since the Nineteenth Century. Some are missing their cornices or their first floors have been altered, but for the most part, they look the same as when they were built. The Italianate style, like…

Downtown Quincy, Illinois

Much like St. Louis, Quincy got its start due to its location high on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, allowing it to benefit from the trade connections without the threat of flooding. Much like St. Louis, eventually the railroad connections became much more important, and bridges began to be built across the river at…

United States Post Office and Courthouse, Quincy, Illinois

There’s a little bit of Paris in downtown Quincy in the United States Post Office and Courthouse. In what could easily be one of the most beautiful buildings in the Midwest, the 1887 design by Mifflin E. Bell shows the continued influence of the French Renaissance Revival and the redevelopment of the French capital by…

Woodland Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Woodland Cemetery is perched dramatically on the bluffs south of downtown Quincy on an untouched portion of the rocky valleys and gullies that once typified the area before human settlement. There are dramatic views of the Mississippi River and the floodplains of Northeast Missouri beyond. There are not many mausolea, but there are a few,…

Maine Avenue, Quincy, Illinois

Maine Avenue east out of downtown Quincy is lined with a stunning host of all the major styles of Nineteenth Century architecture. There’s Italianate and Second Empire hybrids, like in St. Louis, pure Italianate and Second Empire, Romanesque Revival and some wonderful Queen Annehouses, as well. It was rumored to be one of the best…

Dick Brothers Brewery, Quincy, Illinois

The Dick Brothers Brewery is located on York Street in the South Side German Historic District. It is a great example of adaptive reuse of a historic brewery building that has incorporated its underground cellars into a guided tour. The buildings are also a great example of the Rundbogenstil of brewery architecture, which I classify…

Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ of Quincy, Illinois

This soaring brick and stone structure was originally founded back in 1848 as the Salem Evangelical Church of Quincy, an offshoot of the German Lutheran tradition. The present building seems to date from 1877, which would be consistent with the appearance of its Gothic Revival tendencies. It joined the United Church of Christ when various…

The South Side, Quincy, Illinois

For the next several weeks, I’m going to be looking at the towns upriver from St. Louis on the Mississippi River, starting with Quincy, Illinois. It’s an interesting city, and in many ways, it is a small version of St. Louis. On the South side of the city, there is a German neighborhood, much like…