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The Museum Hill Historic District
This section is devoted to houses & mansions located within the district
The district roughly borders 9th to 15th Street and from Faraon to Messanie Street
The district map is rather jagged, it roughly covers the following streets:
  • 13th to 15th from Faraon to Jules Street
  • 12th to 15th from Jules to Francis Street
  • 12th to 15th from Francis to Felix Street
  • 11th to 15th from Felix to Edmond Street
  • 10th to 15th from Edmond to Charles Street
  • 9th to 15th from Charles to Messanie Street






  • (External Website)
    Museum Hill National Historic District Website



    Faraon STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS


    JULES STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS



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    Circa 1887
    NUNNING MANSION
    1401 JULE STREET



    FRANCIS STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS





    1423 Francis Street


    Photo provided by Mike Bachman



    FELIX STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS





    1024 Felix Street


    Photo provided by Mike Bachman




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    1102 Felix Street


    Photos taken by Brenda Reilly




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    1102 Felix Street


    Photo provided by Mike Bachman






    HELEN DIMBLEY HOUSE
    (Pre-restoration photo)
    1219 Felix Street

    This Queen Anne House was built around 1895
    Built for the daughter of W.S. Leach, a prominent St. Joseph Attorney
    The upper story of the house is sheathed in wood shingles
    A band of decorative diamond shingles are above the second story windows
    An angled 2 ½ story square tower with pyramidal roof defines the front corner of the facade
    Info taken from 1999 walking tour of Museum Hill

    Photo & building information provided by the Museum Hill Neighborhood Association




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    1219 Felix Street

    Before and after restoration photos of 1219 Felix
    Owner of this beauty is Jordan Reilly

    Photo provided by Jordan Reilly




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    THE J. C. WYATT HOUSE
    1309 Felix Street

    Greg & Robyn Davis Sekula are the past owners
    The J. C. Wyatt house is listed as the #1 place to eat in St Joseph by Trip Advisor

    The current proprietors are Jim Pallone and Chef Jeff Keyasko

    The Museum Hill Walking tour brochure of 1999 says this about this location:
    "Romanesque Revival Style house built in 1891 for John Cavin Wyatt, Secretary and Treasurer of the Townsend, Wyatt and Emery Dry Goods Company"

    Floral design is apparent in the sandstone cushion capitols on the arched porch and at the base of the corner tower Side porch features unusual hand carved capitals with inverted tulip design

    Roofline of the house is dominated by corbel brick chimneys, cresting and dormers ornamented with pressed metalwork"

    Photo #1 submitted by Wally Bloss



    EDMOND STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS





    EVANS RAY HOUSE
    1023 Edmond Street

    Elaborate Queen Anne Style mansion built in 1887 for a lumber dealer

    The irregular massing of the house is achieved through multiple bays and gables

    Windows have arched transoms

    The front porch is supported by turned posts with open tracery bracketing executed in a floral motif

    The same bracketing technique is used on the second story porch

    Information above taken from 1999 Museum Hill walking tour

    Photo & building information provided by the Museum Hill Neighborhood Association






    EVANS RAY HOUSE
    1023 Edmond Street


    Photo provided by Wally Bloss






    11th & EDMOND STREET






    1121 Edmond Street


    Photo provided by Wally Bloss



    CHARLES STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS



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    HENRY HANSEN HOUSE
    1029 Charles Street


    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description




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    Circa 1879
    WYETH-TOOTLE MANSION
    Circa 1947
    ST JOSEPH MUSEUM
    1100 Charles Street

    William and Eliza Wyeth requested legendary architect E.J. Eckel to design the 1879 Wyeth-Tootle Mansion to resemble the castles they had seen on the Rhine River as they were traveling in Germany
    Over one million bricks were used in the construction and the front portion of the building was covered with native sandstone
    The original St Joseph Museum was located at 19th & Felix
    It was in the McAlister/A. J. August mansion and had outgrown the mansion
    This mansion was purchased from the Tootle family in 1947 by William Goetz and the Goetz Brewery for $35,000 and was gifted to the St. Joseph Museum
    Mr. Goetz also purchased and gifted the Harry L. George Native American collection, which is the most significant part of the Museum's collections
    The Museum board raised $35,000 to renovate the structure into a museum
    In 1948, voters approved a tax levy for supporting a municipal museum
    In 1953, the St. Joseph Museum deeded the mansion to the City of St Joseph
    Besides having run out of space for more exhibits, the mansion also lacked climate control for proper storage of the many delicate Native American artifacts
    An opportunity was offered to take over the Glore Psychiatric Museum
    The Glore Museum had been operated by the State Hospital on Frederick Avenue
    This move provided a ten-fold increase in space and a better climate control
    In 2004, most of the exhibits were relocated to the Glore Museum site
    This move allowed for the restoration of the mansion's interior
    The dining room is now furnished with the gift of the Wyeth table service
    Some years ago, one of the bedrooms was restored on the second floor
    Other second floor rooms have been renovated for temporary exhibits
    Exhibits such as "Enterprising St. Joseph" featuring products developed by local companies
    Also a recreation of the architect Edmund J. Eckel's office has been completed
    The City of St. Joseph has been restoring the exterior of the mansion in phases, beginning with the front elevation
    The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is owned by the City of St. Joseph and operated as a Museum under contract with the St. Joseph Museums, Inc.

    The above information was provided by David W. Lewis Jr.
    (Museum Board President)


    Photo #1 - Old color photo
    Photo #2 - 2008 Color photo
    Photo #3 - Interior photo
    Photo #4 - 1950's photo
    Photo #5 - Old photo
    Photo #6 - Current Photo
    Photo #7 - Very old photo
    Photo #8 - Old postcard
    Photo #9 - Color photo
    Photo #10 - St Joseph Museum
    Photo #11 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #12 - Building information
    Photo #13 - St Joseph Museum
    Photo #14 - Taken from outside the fence
    Photo #15 - Wyeth-Tootle Mansion




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    WYETH-TOOTLE CARRIAGE HOUSE
    1100 Charles Street

    The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion had one of the largest carriage houses in St Joseph
    It is currently being used as storage for the St Joseph Museums

    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description




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    VINEYARD MANSION
    1125 CHARLES STREET

    Photos provided by Jack Quinn




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    VINEYARD MANSION & CARRIAGE HOUSE
    1125 Charles Street


    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description






    1215 Charles Street


    Photo provided by Mike Bachman



    SYLVANIE STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS





    1021 Sylvanie Street


    Photo provided by Mike Bachman




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    THE EMPTY CORNER LOT
    11th & Sylvanie Street


    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description




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    LYMAN W. FORGRAVE HOUSE
    1201 Sylvanie Street


    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description



    ANGELIQUE STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS





    WILLIAM HINDS HOUSE
    1013 Angelique Street

    Eclectic Victorian home built in 1890 for William Hinds
    William Hinds was a merchant dealing in stoves and tinware
    Bay window and roof dormer detailing are done in fabricated metal
    An unusual "Key Hole" shaped glass window ia on the east side of the house
    Info ttaken from 1999 walking tour of MHNA
    Photo was taken shortly after the west wall collapsed
    The house is endangered

    Photo & building information provided by the Museum Hill Neighborhood Association






    WILLIAM HINDS HOUSE
    1013 Angelique Street

    Mike Bachman noted that the wall is falling in on the West side of house

    Photo provided by Mike Bachman



    MESSANIE STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS


    9th STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS





    307 South 9th Street


    Photo provided by Wally Bloss






    421 & 423 South 9th Street


    Photo provided by Mike Bachman



    10th STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS


    11th STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS



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    FREDERICK HENSHAW HOUSE
    301 South 11th Street


    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description




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    JOSEPH CORBY MANSION & CONSERVATORY
    302 South 11th Street


    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description




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    JOSEPH CORBY MANSION & CONSERVATORY
    302 South 11th Street


    Photos provided by Wally Bloss




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    GEORGE C. HAX MANSION
    & CARRIAGE HOUSE
    401 South 11th Street


    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description




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    CHARLES EBERT RESIDENCE
    402 South 11th Street


    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description






    405 South 11th Street


    Photo provided by Mike Bachman






    GEORGE HAX DUPLEX
    417-419 South 11th Street

    Research indicates this building was constructed circa 1887

    It was remodeled in 1895 to it's present Queen Anne style appearance

    The side-by-side duplex had units that were mirror images of each other

    Notable details include the 2 ½ story bays with gable ends ornamented with scalloped shingles and quatrefoil windows

    The quatrefoil motif is found in the front porch spandrels

    The above information was taken from MHNA walking tour
    Photo was taken in winter of 2012
    This home has currently been restored after a fire in the top right duplex

    Current owners restored the home as a single family house between 2000 and 2010

    Photo & building information provided by the Museum Hill Neighborhood Association






    GEORGE HAX DUPLEX
    417-419 South 11th Street


    Photo provided by Wally Bloss






    HENRY K WHITE HOUSE
    503 South 11th Street

    Originonal owner: Henry K. White
    2 ½ Story Queen Anne
    Built: circa 1888
    Restored home of Tom & Ginny Rinderknecht

    Photo & building information provided by the Museum Hill Neighborhood Association



    12th STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS



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    FREDERICK A. FRANKS HOUSE
    219 South 12th Street


    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description




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    MAJOR SAMUEL GARTH HOUSE
    301 South 12th Street


    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description




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    NORTH GOERMANN DUPLEX
    307 & 309 South 12th Street
    SOUTH GOERMANN DUPLEX
    313 & 315 South 12th Street


    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description




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    HENRY SMITH BUNGALOW
    317 South 12th Street


    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description




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    SHEEHAN-HORTON HOUSE
    401 South 12th Street

    Restored home by Caroline Castor - what a difference!

    One of Museum Hills Oldest homes

    This frame Greek Revival Structure was built in the 1850's by John Sheehan

    John Sheehan was a carpenter who lived in St Joseph until 1864

    Edwin Horton purchased the property

    Horton was a clerk and freight agent for a local Saint Joseph railroad

    Members of the Horton family resided in the house until 1974

    The house fell to ruin and was condemned

    It took 6 months to restore the house to it's current beauty

    Information was taken from Museum Hill walking tour of 1999

    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo - As it looked in 2000 prior to restoration
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association Photo - As it looks now after restoration
    Photo #3 - Museum Hill Association building description




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    FRANCIS BROWNE HOUSE
    402 South 12th Street


    Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
    Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description



    13th STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS





    301-303 South 13th Street


    Photo provided by Mike Bachman



    14th STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS


    15th STREET HOUSES AND MANSIONS





    104 South 15th Street


    Photo provided by Mike Bachman




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    110 South 15th Street


    Photos provided by Mike Bachman






    120 South 15th Street


    Photo provided by Mike Bachman



    ASSORTED BUILDINGS IN MUSEUM HILL AREA



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    Photos taken by Brenda Reilly




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