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July 9, 2008 / Bo Mackison

If You Built a $50,000 Home in 1890…

Quincy Museum

The Charles and Anna Newcomb Residence was built on Maine Street in Quincy Illinois in 1890-91. The home had 33 rooms and 13 fireplaces. And it’s construction cost was $50,000.

Newcomb House and Driveway

The building was owned by Quincy College for several decades – known as Stillwell Hall – and was used as a residence for male students. My great grandmother was a housemother and cook for “her boys” for several years in the 1940s.

Architectural Detail

The building now houses the Quincy Museum.  A complete description of the building and its interior includes a listing of the current museum offerings.


  1. nicole / Jul 9 2008 1:19 am

    Oh, I love old buildings like this.
    And what a history, wow.
    It’s cool to have some personal history with it as well.
    I’m sure your Mom could tell quite some stories!
    Also wonderful shots!

  2. Gandalf / Jul 9 2008 7:15 am

    Magnificent house. I love the close up shot. The patina on the copper trim is fascinating.

  3. bookbabie / Jul 9 2008 8:06 am

    Beautiful old house. I bet there were tons of cool detail pics there!

  4. visuallens / Jul 9 2008 10:11 am

    Nice photos of heritage building. The house must be big as it has 33 rooms.

  5. Bernie Kasper / Jul 11 2008 11:18 am

    Beautiful building, but I would sure hate to pay the heating bill on this baby 😉

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