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East Carondelet in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Martin-Boismenue House

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By Jason Voigt, October 1, 2019
1. Martin-Boismenue House Marker
Inscription.  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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By Jason Voigt, October 1, 2019
2. Martin-Boismenue House
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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.
Erected by Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture.
Location. 38° 32.837′ N, 90° 11.925′ W. Marker is in East Carondelet, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is on Short Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located in front of the Martin-Boismenue House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2110 1st St, East Carondelet IL 62240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Jacob Hays (approx. 1.6 miles away); Cahokia Courthouse (approx. 1.6 miles away); Church of the Holy Family (approx. 1.7 miles away); Jarrot Mansion (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Jarrot Mansion (approx. 1.7 miles away); Cahokia (approx. 1.7 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (approx. 1.7 miles away); Illinois in the American Revolution (approx. 1.7 miles away).
Regarding Martin-Boismenue House. The Martin-Boismenue House, also known as the Pierre Martin
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House, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 9, 1990 as NRHP site #89002350. It is one of six surviving post-on-sill structures, and one of two vertical log buildings in the United States with a stone basement. Though not verified, there have been reported ghost hauntings inside the house.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 3, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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