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Ever wonder what became of the buildings on old vintage postcards?  Are you curious to know if they still stand?  In my previous blog post, I showed two hotels; The Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs, MO and The Durant Hotel in Fling, MI – Hotel Old Vintage Postcards – Then and Now .  I continue my series of blog posts on “then and now” old buildings pictured on vintage postcards with the below sanitarium also known as Hell House.

Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN  Then…

Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN

Vintage postcard of Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN, postmarked 1939

This building had originally been a sanitarium for rheumatoid arthritics in the early 1900’s.  People took mud baths in mud from the nearby sulfur springs in hopes of relief from pain.  When this went out of style, it became a monastery.

Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN  1997…

Mudcura Sanitarium in 1997 after arson fire

Mudcura Sanitarium in 1997 after arson fire

Prior to this suspicious fire in 1997, it still looked very depressing (inside and out).  Yes, the floors were unsafe and there was a hole in the roof from a previous fire, but I don’t believe it would’ve been considered a complete tear down. 

As for the Hell House designation…  At some point after the building was abandoned, someone had painted “hell house” across the top of the front.  Kind of fits as the building does look creepy.

Be sure to stop back on August 12th, when I share a curious postcard message.

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Ever wonder what became of the buildings on old vintage postcards?  Are you curious to know if they still stand?  In my previous blog post, I showed two historic buildings in Natchez, MO – The Briers and Arlington .  I continue my series of blog posts on “then and now” old buildings pictured on vintage postcards with the below hotels.

The Elms Hotel, Excelsior Springs, MO Then …..

 

Elms_Hotel_Vintage_Postcard

1948 Linen Postcard

 

The Elms Hotel Now …..

Elms_Hotel_Now

The Elms Hotel was originally built in 1888, rebuilt in 1909 after a fire, and rebuilt again in 1912 after yet another fire.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic places.  Why?  One reason was due to a notoriously famous guest that stayed there during prohibition – Al Capone.  Another was because President  Harry S. Truman holed up there during his re-relection bid when it looked like he was loosing.  Wrong.  Aides entered his Elms Hotel room and informed Truman he had actually won the presidential election.  Wow.  There are of course other historical reason for The Elms Hotel being on the national register.  If you’d like to read a more comprehensive history of this hotel, visit  Legends of America, Missouri – Elms Hotel .

The Durant Hotel, Fling, MI Then …..

Durant Hotel Linen Postcard

1940 Linen Postcard

The Durant Hotel Now …..

Durant Hotel Now

The Durant Hotel was built in 1920, and named after William Durant, founder of General Motors.  It’s been vacant since 1973, but plans were announced in 2008 to turn it into a 93 unit apartment building.

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For more US State town view postcards, please visit Remember When Vintage Postcards – Bonanzle.

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Historical preservation of old buildings is a cause important to many people, including myself.  Ever wonder what became of the buildings on old vintage postcards?  Are they still standing?  Collecting town view postcards, whether US or foreign, is one way old vintage postcard collectors help in this preservation effort.  I thought it might be interesting to show a few “then and now” pictures of buildings that found their way onto postcards in my next couple of historical blog posts.

Arlington Mansion in Natchez, MS Then …..

Arlington Mansion in Natchez, MS

1948 CurTeich Postcard

Arlington Mansion Now …..

Arlington Mansion in Natchez, MS present day

Arlington was built in 1816, and used to house antique furniture, paintings, and other rare articles.  This national historic landmark served as a blueprint, both inside and out,  for other federal style homes in the area.   Vandals and fire have put the preservation of this once stately home in grave danger.  How sad.

The Briers in Natchez, MS Then …..

The Briers in Natchez, MS

1948 CurTeich postcard

The Briers Now …..

The Briers present day

The Briers is where an 18 year old Varina Howell married Jefferson Davis, a man twice her age.  It is nice this historical building, a sort of Confederate White House, was preserved.

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For more US State town view postcards, please visit Remember When Vintage Postcards – Bonanzle.

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