Image for post
Image for post
In the 1890s, Monmouth College president Jackson B. McMichael stands in front of the home on the corner of Broadway and 9th that would later be christened “The Terrace.” In the background is “Old Main,” the college building that burned and was replaced with Wallace Hall. The Terrace stood until 1954.

Monmouth College’s original presidential home twice saw tragedy

Image for post
Image for post
President McMichael’s pretty young daughter, Grace, died in the home in 1892 following a lingering illness.
Image for post
Image for post
Located at the southeast corner of campus, the Terrace originally stood in front of Old Main, which was replaced by Wallace Hall in 1909.
Image for post
Image for post
Later in its life, the Terrace was painted white and much of the original Victorian trim — especially porch railings — was replaced with simpler woodwork.
Image for post
Image for post

Written by

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

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store