Hamilton, Robert W., House - Murphysboro, Illinois
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 37° 45.782 W 089° 20.202
16S E 294171 N 4182094
Historic house in Murphysboro, Illinois.
Waymark Code: WM6AF6
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 05/02/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
Views: 3

"The Hamilton house is one of two remaining carpenter Gothic houses in Jackson county, and is definitely the finer of the two. The completeness of the detailing, as evidenced by the exuberance of the bargeboards, the delicacy of tiny balcony, the porches, hood and brackets, attest to the level of sophistication achieved through pattern books and executed by carpenters and builders in small, rural Midwestern town such as this in the 1860s. All of these details remain intact on the house, leaving an original and vivid artifact for southern Illinois, and one that is associated with the early growth of Murphysboro, being the first home built in the city's first addition.

The town of Murphysboro was established in 1843, but grew little until the coal mines brought the town's first growth in 1865, when the first addition was platted. The Hamilton house was built in this addition by 1867, according to deeds and assessments. The lot was purchased by J.O. Cummings in 1866 and sold to Robert W. Hamilton in 1875, so Cummings was probably the builder. The structure's value has also been enhanced by its surviving the tornado of 1925 in which 1200 homes were destroyed and countless others were stripped of their character and subsequently modernized.

Robert W, Hamilton, the house's most prominent occupant, served in the Civil War, was discharged in 1865 and by 1867 was the Postmaster of Carbondale until 1872 when he was sworn in as Circuit Clerk in Jackson County. He held this post until 1880, when he retired." - National Register Nomination Form

The building now serves as the Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center.

Street address:
203 S. 13th St.
Murphysboro, Illinois

County / Borough / Parish: Jackson

Year listed: 1982

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1850-1874

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Commerce/Trade

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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