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Built in 1866 by Monmouth merchant John Babcock, this apartment house at 313 East Broadway was known as Bruen Hall when this photograph was taken in 1943. The lampposts are part of the former Ray Tubbs property (now Warfield Manor) across the street.

Monmouth apartment house has long and colorful history

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No original photos of the Babcock house showing its tower have been found. The tower can be partially seen in the background of this circa 1910 photo of the house next door to the west, at 309 East Broadway.
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John Babcock built the house at 313 E. Broadway in 1866.
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Taken from the tower of the old Central School in the 1890s, this photograph shows the back of the Babcock house during the period it was owned by the Baldwins. Visible are the tower, four chimneys and a large rear porch.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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