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    Corby-Foresee Building

    by mrclay2000 Updated Nov 8, 2003

    Also known as the Corby Building, this highrise is one of few such turn-of-the-century buildings still remaining in the historic center. Looking very much like a posh hotel with increasingly ornate details in the upper floors, the Corby Building, a member of the National Register of Historic Places, is presently almost vacant but for a few offices and a sleepy ground floor.

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    Francis Street First United Methodist

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003

    Arguably the second best stained glass windows in St Joseph after the Twin Spires, the Francis Street First United Methodist is a handsome building in gray stone with the familiar "battlements," tower and high gables (something of the Romanesque common in mid-America). Part of a small cluster of fine churches near the Civic Center Park, this prominent building is the prettiest church without a spire in St Joseph.

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    St Joseph City Hall

    by mrclay2000 Updated Nov 8, 2003

    Constructed in the late 1920s in Italianate style with revival styles mixed within, the City Hall is unlike all other buildings in St Joseph. Dominating the wide common known as the Civic Center Park, and built by the firm of Edmund Eckel, this handsome structures shelters city government workers who are presumably abuzz inside this prominent listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    First Presbyterian Church

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003

    Built in 1903 and fairly squaring off against the Buchanan County Courthouse, the First Presbyterian Church has claimed one of the most prominent spires in St Joseph for over a century. Built in a stately style but without the embellishments of stained glass, the interior is known for its acoustics and occasional performances by the choruses of the Missouri Western State College.

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    Robidoux School

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003

    Built in the first quarter of the 20th century in the Classical Revival style, the Robidoux School honors the founder of St Joseph, the French trapper Joseph Robidoux. Constructed by the firm of Edmund Eckel (whose work graces other prominent St Joseph works, it now takes up the greater area of a single block on Museum Hill, and lists on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    First Baptist Church

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003

    The First Baptist Church on Francis Street is a must-see because its somewhat dissheveled appearance helps to show its age. Built in the 1920s and probably not refurbished since, its classic brich composition meets the criteria for most of town's historic buildings. With its tall spire, high gables and slightly Romanesque windows and other features, this church is a prototype for houses of worship in the turn-of-the-century Midwest.

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    Pony Express Museum & Stables

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003

    A few blocks west of the Patee Hotel is the Pony Express Museum. Open daily but closed for major holidays, this petite attraction gives a good replica of the routes taken by pony riders in the 1860s. The former stables are on the grounds, and combined with the Patee Hotel one can relive the treacherous life of communication in America's Old West. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2.00 students, 6 & under free.

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    Jesse James' Home

    by mrclay2000 Updated Nov 8, 2003

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    This famous outlaw was born and reared near Kearney, Missouri, less than an hour's drive away. Born in 1847 and turning to crime during the Civil War, he was fatally shot in this home on Lafayette in 1882 and the home was moved to its present spot in 1939. Now a museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the bullet hole through which James was reportedly killed is among the main attractions in this modest home from the period. Open daily. $2 adults, $1.50 seniors, $1 students, children under 6 free.

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    John Patee House

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003

    This original headquarters of the Pony Express was built a few years prior to the courier service as a 140-room hotel. Now situated almost flush against the Belt Highway, the Patee House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public as a museum on the Pony Express.
    Open daily until 5p. $4 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 students, under 6 years free

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    Among the Best Stained Glass in America

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003

    The Twin Spires Catholic Church is visited now only by special permission, normally resigned to those who've booked the building for special occasions. For those fortunate enough to see the interior, the sanctuary is bright and beautifully balanced, with wooden pews leading to the gorgeous high altar. Up above and featuring on at least two gigantic portals are the best stained glass windows to be seen anywhere in America (partly because they were imported from Austria).

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    Twin Spires Catholic Church

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003

    Formerly the Immaculate Conception Church from a building that burned down in the early 1900s, the Twin Spires Catholic Church is not only one of the premier landmarks on the city skyline but also one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the United States. Built in 1908 but closed in the last decade by the diocese, this glorious building complements an overall grandiose design with a myriad of tiny details. Towering spires, buttresses, crosses on its high gables and many others are but part of this incredible church design.

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    Cathedral Hill Historic District

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003

    Despite taking its name from the Co-Cathedral, this historic district on the National Register of Historic Places is actually concentrated several blocks away. Bounded roughly between North 9th and 13th along Powell Street, the section thus delineated has actually fallen on hard times. Mansions in this quarter of often of Greek Revival or Italianate architecture, but others smack of late Victorian and 19th century Revival. Whatever the case, the area delimited between the Cathedral and the historic district is full of old, imposing mansions.

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    St Joseph Co-Cathedral

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003

    The crown jewel of Cathedral Hill is the so-called St Joseph Co-Cathedral by which the district acquires its name. The building itself is of red brick with twin Romanesque spires on the front facade, but despite windows throughout its elongated facade, the stained glass is nothing to marvel about even for this premier Catholic church in the historic area.

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    Masonic Temple of St Joseph

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003

    Though not necessarily open to non-Masons, the Masonic Temple in St Joseph was first chartered in 1914. All Masons are welcome to come to the monthly meetings on the first Monday at 7:30. For non-Masons, it is perhaps enough to enjoy the classic columns supporting its entablature and to appreciate its place as just another one of St Joseph's elegant buildings.

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    Buchanan County Courthouse

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 8, 2003

    This colossal seat of county government was first begun in the 1870s but has stood in roughly its present appearance since the 1880s. An enormous courthouse of red brick crowned with a white dome, this listing on the National Register of Historic Places is larger than many state houses (Montpelier, Concord, Dover, Helena, etc), making it a major presence in the downtown area. Once attached to the county jail (another listing no longer in existence), the courthouse is an impressive member among courthouses nationwide.

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