Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


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Institution Name: Greenville College
Original/Historic Place Name: McGinnes House
Location on Campus: 403 E. Oak St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
ca. 1869original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingle
ca. 1869private residence (of Elizabeth and Lawrence McGinnes)
ca. 2004-present (2007)academic department building (adult studies program)

Significance: architecture, education, history, religion
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

This building was originally the home of Lawrence Mcginnes and his wife Elizabeth. Mcginnes was an astute businessman, a large landowner, and a devout Irish Catholic. Mcginnes, along with Frank Seewald, Peter Pepin, Frank Cable, and Frank Parent, founded the first Catholic Church in Greenville and all attended the first mass held there in 1875. For donating so much time and money to the church, it was named "St. Lawerence" in his honor, as was the Catholic cemetery built several years later. A large stone at the entrance serves as a memorial to Mcginnes.

The house is a two-story brick dwelling, constructed with local bricks made in the foundry a few blocks away. (According to an 1896 map, the brick foundry was located between Oak and Durley Streets.) The house features arched windows and shutters, and the interior has a lovely stairway going up from the entranceway to the second floor. A beautiful wooden railing leads up to an exposed second floor hallway. This is the last house in Greenville to still retain its true widow's walk. An 1896 photo of the house shows it without a porch, so we know that this feature was added later.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Wilson, Kathryn Eleanor. Tales, Trails & Breadcrumbs, 1838-1938, One-Hundred Years, Bond County, Illinois. Greenville, IL: Naco Printing, 1993.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections

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