If You Built a $50,000 Home in 1890…

Quincy Museum

Quincy Museum © 2008 Bo Mackison

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

Newcomb House and Driveway © 2008 Bo Mackison

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

Architectural Detail © 2008 Bo Mackison

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

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. 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 says:

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

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

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

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

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