115 South Moffet

Circa 1899 ~ Free Classic Queen Anne

Features architectural details, Dentils and Art Glass


A.B. McConnell/ Sol Newman House

The McConnell family traces back to a staunch Scotch-Irish lineage.  In 1864 at the age of twenty, he entered Duffs Business College in Pittsburg, PN and took a full course in preparation for an active business life. In 1873 he engaged into the real estate business. In 1889 he chooses Jasper as a new field of endeavor.  He established an A.B. McConnell Real Estate Company in Joplin.  He is identified as handling some of the most important and valuable proprieties in the area.  Mr. McConnell made a specialty of sub-divisions and platting and improving of the same as affected the development of the most beautiful residence sections of Joplin.  He also became financially interested in mining operations.   Mr. McConnell was an active member Young Mens Christian Association and instrumental in erecting the YMCA’s first building completed in 1901.  Architects Garstang and Rea designed the structure that is now the home to the Joplin Globe since 1918.  In 1926, Mr. McConnell death notice,  reported that he was regarded as the dean of Joplin Real estate dealers. A.B. McConnell arrived in Joplin just as the town was beginning to lose its rowdy town image in 1889 and established A. B. McConnell Real Estate Company. The home he built in 1899 is an excellent example of a Free Classic Queen Anne. Unlike the Spindlework Queen Anne houses, which have gingerbread ornamentation, McConnell preferred classical details. Note the continuous cornice-line dentils and Doric columns on the wraparound porch. Wraparound porches were a common feature in Queen Anne houses because it accentuated the asymmetry of the facade. The owners added the back porches to this house in 191O. At the turn of the century, health experts recommended fresh air for the treatment of tuberculosis and for overall health. This medical trend resulted in the addition of sleeping porches to homes. The second story was most often used for sleeping because the air was better at higher elevations and the height provided privacy.