Drs. George and Blanche Laughlin House

706 South Halliburton Street, Kirksville, Missouri


Drs. George and Blanche Laughlin House


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The Drs. George and Blanche Laughlin House is a Colonial Revival styled residence in Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri. This building at 706 South Halliburton Street has housed doctors, college presidents and their families in addition to serving as the setting for official entertainments. The coherency of design by Bonsack & Pearce and quality of craftsmanship make this one of the most graceful residences in Kirksville. Compared with other early-twentieth century Colonial Revival styled residences in Kirksville, the Laughlin House represents one of the most accurate interpretations of that style. Moreover, the nominated property is one of the last large, high-style houses erected in this rural town before World War II. The period of significance is 1937, the date of the house's construction by Leonard Poehlman, a local contractor. The Laughlin House preserves its prime historical features. Its exterior and interior are largely unaltered since their creation over seventy years ago and they easily convey the building's function as a high-style, single family residence. This nominated property is eligible for listing under National Register Criterion C for the area of ARHCITECTURE and is locally significant as an outstanding example of the Colonial Revival, a major style in American domestic architecture during the late nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. (NRHP Form)

Posted to the NRHP 3-11-2014

Update Log 

  • May 9, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • September 15, 2014: Added by Dave King