Cape Girardeau, MO

The 'House at 323 Themis Street' is 159 years old

CJ Coombs
Front and western side of the House at 323 Themis Street in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.Photo byNyttend, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

The historic House at 323 Themis Street was listed as such on the National Register of Historic Places on June 27, 1997. The house is also located in the Courthouse-Seminary Neighborhood Historic District. It is privately owned.

This building has also been known as the Judith Crow House and the Henry Bohlke House. It's located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

This is a modest German vernacular-styled home that was constructed in 1864. The architect is unknown. It's a one-and-a-half-story painted brick house. It was called the Judith Crow House after she purchased it in 1963.

This brick cottage sits on a limestone foundation. Two additions were made to the home before 1882. The home was also converted into three apartments at one time. There were two downstairs and one upstairs. When it was remodeled in 1964, the house was restored to a single-family dwelling.

The front doorway being on the side of the house leads into a side hall. Also to the right are the stairs going up to the second floor. A parlor is to the left and a bedroom is at the end of the hall. The dining room is behind the parlor. The kitchen was modernized. The room that used to be a kitchen was made into a library during the 1964 remodel.

The house has a crawl space and under the kitchen is a trap door to a root cellar. A bathroom was installed on the second floor which used to be a large open room. Up until 1997, the house had been continually lived in for 130 years.

A Revolutionary War Veteran named Uriah Brock lived in the house. From 1864 to 1865, the lot was owned by Henry Bohlke. After that, it was owned by Peter Frank until 1867.

The City of Cape Girardeau Historic Landmark Commission designated this house as a contributing source to the development, heritage, and cultural characteristics of the city in 1995.

The house was well maintained and kept by Judith Ann Crow. Ms. Crow passed away on March 13, 2000, at age 71. From 1950 to 1984, she was employed by the Southeast Missourian newspaper as a reporter. Ms. Crow sold the house in 1997 and moved to Fountainbleau Lodge.

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