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When was the Everett House at 12th and Elm demolished?

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 11, 2017 10:25 pm

The Jan. 15 edition of The Herald-Whig carried a story about the artist Edward Everett in the "Once Upon a Time in Quincy" column. It also mentioned the Everett House at 12th and Elm, but the story doesn't give a year it was demolished -- only that it was razed decades ago. It is where the current Dairy Queen is. If you could find out more, it would be appreciated.

The Everett House at 801 N. 12th was demolished in 1969-70.

According to a Dec. 21, 1969, article in The Herald-Whig, the owner of the mansion, George B. Ostermueller, who was vice president and treasurer of the Quincy Potato Chip Co., said the home, built in 1843 by Charles Everett Sr., had reached the "point of no return."

By that time, the two-and-a-half-story building was divided into apartments. Ostermueller said he planned to hold on to the property and possibly construct a parking lot.

The home, known for its role with the Underground Railroad, reportedly had secret openings and hidden rooms. It had a turret on the roof. A tunnel in the subbasement was rumored to extend all the way to the riverfront. However, during demolition, it was discovered that it led to the carriage house.

And you are correct. The property is now home to a Dairy Queen.

Everett is back in the Quincy spotlight after the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County recently obtained 11 of his paintings and drawings. They are on display at the History Museum, 322 Maine.

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