Monday, April 25, 2016

The John L. Robards House, Hannibal, MO

The John Robards House, Hannibal, MO. 1871 Photo: Brandon Bartoszek
The John Robards house built in 1871 for a friend of Mark Twain who was an important lawyer in Hannibal. I think it's one of the most impressive looking houses in town, with its original iron fence and its details intact. The house is a five bay plan building with a hip roof and a cupola, which interestingly is very tall as well as has two bays of tombstone windows. In plan, it's very similar to the Brown house featured earlier. The brick facade of the house has stone quoins at the corners, and the windows are segmental arched with simple hood moldings. There are tombstone windows in the central bay, giving it emphasis, something also emphasized by the porch's span of only the center three bays. In general, the outer bays, the porched three central bays, and the emphatic central bay in line with the cupola create a really pleasing balance of shapes and emphases. The impressive porch with its simple posts has open arches spanning the rectangular openings with pierced jigsaw work in the spandrels, again, like the Brown house. The cornice is paneled, with s scroll brackets defining the bays and smaller brackets in between. The house is now a bed and breakfast and interiors can be seen here.

Photo: Mike Steele

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