TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY Pickler Memorial Library Truman State University


Ms Collection S9

                                                                                      ~~ photo courtesy of Cole Woodcox

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This home, also known as the King House, is a red brick and stucco Colonial Revival style residence at 111 E Patterson, Kirksville, MO. Located adjacent to the Truman State University campus, it was designed for Dr Smith in late 1924 by architect Ludwig Abt (1882-1967) of Moberly, MO.  Kirksville contractor William M Geoghegan (1865-1949) completed construction in 1925. 

E Sanborn Smith, MD (1875-1950), a Macon County, MO native, earned his medical degree at the University of Maryland in 1900.  After practicing in Massachusetts and serving in the US Army Medical Corps during World War I, he returned to Missouri in 1923 and entered into partnership with Drs Ezra C and Edward A Grim in the Grim-Smith Hospital, Kirksville.  He built this house directly across the street from the hospital and lived there until his death in 1950.  His widow, Emily (Frey) Smith (1875-1969), remained in the home until her death nineteen years later.

The Smith’s daughter, Emily Montague Frey (Smith) King (1912-2006), and her husband, William Boyd King (1914-1990), also resided in the house from the mid 1940s until their respective deaths.  They began sharing the home with Emily's parents when Boyd, a 1937 graduate of Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University), returned to his alma mater as Head Basketball Coach in 1946.

The home is now owned by the King Foundation, a charitable trust created by Mrs King.  The plans and specifications which make up this collection were donated to Pickler Memorial Library by the Foundation in the fall of 2007.

The Smith House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in January 2009.  Dr Cole Woodcox, Professor of English at Truman, made the nomination and donated a copy of the registration form to complement the plans and specifications.  It provides a detailed physical description and well-researched history of the home and was the source of information for this introduction.

S9/1 House Plans (blue print)  
  Set No 4 (owner’s copy), 4 sheets, ¼”=1’ scale Floor plans for basement & first floor detail of living room bookcase & fire place, bedroom cabinet & kitchen cabinets Floor plans for attic & second floor door schedule detail of shower bath South & west elevations detail of dormers, kitchen door & window, front door & bay window North & east elevations detail for head jambs & sills [note: oversize (19½x 40”); stored in map case drawer 8]  
S9/2 Planting Plan (blue print)  
  House plan (first floor) with surrounding gardens; single sheet [note: oversize (21x22”); stored in map case drawer 8]  
S9/3 Specifications for Labor and Materials  
  ◙ Specifications for building structure sanitary plumbing system ◙ Architect’s approval for final payment to contractor, Nov 2, 1925  
S9/4 Addendum: National Register of Historic Places Registration Form  
  Nomination submitted to Missouri Department of Natural Resources and US Department of the Interior, Sept 25, 2008; includes physical description and photographs of the structure as well as historical background of the house, the Smith family and the architect  

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