Martin-Boismenue House

Martin-Boismenue House (HM2LF7)

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N 38° 32.837', W 90° 11.925'

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The Martin-Boismenue House is an excellent example of the architectural style known as French Creole. Few buildings of vertical timber construction remain, making the house one of the oldest structures of its kind in Illinois. It is believed that Canadian-born Pierre Martin built the house as early as 1790. The Boismenue family were later owner-occupants.

Considered a typical Creole dwelling, two rooms are found on the first floor: the largest room, the parlor, or salle, was the multipurpose living area, while the sleeping room, or chambre, was a more private space. The broad open porches, or galeries, on the front and back of the house are a common feature of Creole design. They provided additional living space and served to protect the timber and stone walls from the elements. Though small, the building was home to domestics and the owner's extended family.

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Local preservationists discovered the Martin-Boismenue house when the owner began demolition. Later additions had completely encapsulated the vertical timber, two-room house and modern siding had obscured the log construction.

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The house contains a stone cooking fireplace situated in a half basement, or souterrain, a rarity among similar structures that may reflect the prosperity of the owners. The basement

likely functioned as a work space and living quarters as well.
HM NumberHM2LF7
Placed ByIllinois Historic Preservation Agency
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Date Added Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 744125 N 4270260
Decimal Degrees38.54728333, -90.19875000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 32.837', W 90° 11.925'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 32' 50.22" N, 90° 11' 55.5" W
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