Maryville, MO

The Frank House: Maryville's historic home of 1890

CJ Coombs

The historic two-story Frank House was constructed in 1890. It's located at 307 East Seventh Street in Maryville, Missouri (Nodaway County) with a very large front yard. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on September 8, 1983. It was privately owned at the time the house was nominated for the NRHP.

This house is also referred to as the Newby House. The architectural style is Italianate. This home contains a full-width front porch. Entry into the house is through double-wide doors that open up into a two-story hall. The hall contains a winding staircase. A room to the east was the formal parlor containing a marble mantel fireplace.

The formal rooms on the first floor have tin ceilings. The rooms on the second floor have the same floor plan as the first floor but don't have the tin ceilings. The master bedroom contains a marble fireplace mantel.

The house was built by Thomas H. Brown. He's also one of the many who left Nodaway County during the California gold rush and he also returned with a small amount of wealth. Brown was a real estate broker and lumberman, so it's further believed that he built the house and sold it to Walton Frank and his family.

Frank also dealt in real estate as well as livestock and negotiated loans in Nodaway County. When he purchased the property, at the time it was on the northern outskirts of Maryville and it was about 10 acres. Later, a portion was sold to his son, Archer Kavanaugh Frank, who built a house next to his father's house.

Another portion of the property was sold to his Eva Roseberry and her husband. They built their house next to Archer's. The property was further subdivided. More homes were built as Maryville continued to expand after World War I.

Walton Frank lived in the home until he died on November 19, 1936, at age 83. His wife, Delia Kavanaugh Frank, preceded him in death on February 10, 1935.

There have been various owners of the house since 1940. It's been used as a family home, apartments, and rental property.

When the Newbys acquired the home, they converted the property back into a single family home.

The Frank House is important for its architecture and its association with the historic development of Maryville.

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