May 4, 2018

Preservation Personals: Kirksville, Missouri, Italianate Home to be Preserved in Perpetuity

  • By: Mikayla Raymond

I was built in 1875 by Captain Thomas C. Harris, former Union officer during the Civil War, in Kirksville, Missouri. Kirksville was the site of a Union victory fought August 6 to 9, 1862, and has a wealth of historic resources in a friendly, rural setting.

I was remodeled in 2008, and the National Trust holds a historic preservation easement on me, ensuring my future remains bright! I’m quite the Italianate stunner, and my residential take on this popular style is rare in this part of Missouri.

Amble up my brick walkway to get a better view of my brick facade with quoins at the corners, adding both strength and style. I have many elaborate wood details, from my porch out back to my balcony, and corbels supporting my dentilled cornice. This kind of mismatched reinterpretation of a variety of styles of Italian origin is representative of the residential take on the Italianate style, which reached peak popularity around the time of the Civil War. I am topped by a beautifully detailed belvedere, which was reconstructed in 1977. From here, you have an uninterrupted view to historic downtown Kirksville.

I am just over 3,100 square feet, with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. My large lot is often described as “pastoral,” and includes a garage, chicken house, garden shed, and an abundance of fruit trees and blackberry bushes.

My interior is just as grand as my exterior, featuring elaborate wooden window and door surrounds, crown molding, and a highly detailed staircase. My built-in window seat offers a great vantage point for enjoying my beautiful landscaping.

Learn more about me here.

My regal exterior combines a number of elements representative of the residential take on the Italianate style popular in the US post-Civil War.

photo by: Evonne Baker

Kirksville, MO 63501.

My highly ornamented porch.

photo by: Evonne Baker

My patio with elaborate wood details.

My living room combines rustic elegance and coziness.

photo by: Evonne Baker

My built-in window seat is the best seat in the house.

Mikayla Raymond is a proud preservationist and editorial intern at the National Trust. She lives for public parks, weird art, and women’s history.

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