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Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home

About the project

Client: State of Missouri
Location: Hannibal, MO

This project consisted of the renovation and historic restoration of the home that Mark Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri. His home was originally built in 1844 by Mark Twain’s father, Samuel Clemens. It’s currently a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Through the years, the house underwent several additions and changes. The home is now restored to its original size and design when it was occupied by the Clemens family. The house was leaning nearly 10 inches out of plumb-making this project very delicate to restore. Pressure was applied to the wall timbers, allowing the house to be leaned up to plumb again. The house was moved ¾ of an inch every other day towards plumb until the leaning was corrected. A restored chimney and addition on the back of the house was built to bring the home into conformance with the design and size of the house that Samuel Clemens remembered as a child. To the left is the brown stone that houses the Mark Twain Foundation Museum. 

Project Specifications

Construction Type: Historic Renovation and Restoration
Delivery Method: General Contracting
Markets Served: Commercial
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Completed: 1990
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