As you may have read previously, The Grace House hold a deep history. The original structure was established in 1869, however, the current structure was erected in 1940 – designed by noted architects Charles Nagel & Frederick Dunn.
When you approach the home you will immediately notice the red brick in its Georgian style. The inside features beautiful dentil molding, a barrel roof, dual staircases and gorgeous 5-foot porthole windows. The Grace House formally became The Grace House more recently when a couple from Ladue purchased the property with intent to transform it into their home and art gallery. They kept the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ and even preserved the walnut wainscoting. For more information you can visit www.GraceHouseClarksville.com.
Now, 50 Miles of Art is coming to Clarksville (as well as Louisiana and Hannibal) and The Grace House will be open November 5th & 6th from 10-4PM.
What is 50 Miles of Art?
50 Miles of Art is an arts corridor where fine artists, craftspersons and artisans have chosen to live and create their work. The Missouri communities of Hannibal, Louisiana and Clarksville are connected by Route 79 – a scenic byway nestled along the beautiful banks of the Mississippi River with breathtaking views, soaring rock cliffs, rolling hills and colorful landscape. Each community has its own unique character and features different ammenities for both the visitor and resident – inspiring and unique in their own way – and with affordable places to create, live, play and work.
All activities in Clarksville are centered around the rich river heritage and everyone in the family will find something interesting to do. The downtown district, listed on the National Historic Register, is along the banks of the Mississippi River and allows visitors a wonderful atmosphere with a unique opportunity to “touch the Mississippi.”
Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the tree lined streets and find a remarkably high concentration of artists and craftsmen that live and work in the area producing a variety of hand made goods. A walking tour brochure of First, Second and Howard Streets is available in most shops. The Visitor’s Center, River Front Park, Lock and Dam #24, the Sky Lift, antique dealers, restaurants, museums, B&Bs and restored historic homes can also be found close by.
Natural beauty abounds and the area hosts one of the largest populations of wintering bald eagles in the country as well as many other species of migrating birds throughout the year. Clarksville is a welcoming small town that has much to offer its visitors. Click here for events and visitor information.