A view of the Missouri / Sedalia Trust Building, located on the northwest corner of the town square in Sedalia Missouri. The city of Sedalia is the county seat of Pettis county Missouri, and was founded in 1860 at the convergence of two railroads connecting it to other locations like Kansas City and Saint Louis and was very prosperous.
The building was built in 1890 by the newly formed Missouri Trust Company (which had a capital stock of $10,000!), and was originally a 3 story building with a basement. In later years the steps leading up to the first floor, and partially covering the basement (ground floor), were removed when the building was remodeled, making the original basement the first floor and the building currently having 4 floors. The structure was built using locally mined Missouri limestone and is a fine illustration of Romanesque style Victorian Commercial architecture, and a good example of the financial success of the city and area in the late 1800's. A few years back, the top story of the building caught fire but was extinguished before it could burn down. It is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by a non-profit preservation group that is in the process of slowly restoring the building.
This is a 5-exposure HDR image and while I was taking the photos, it was snowing (can't see it in the photo) and extremely cold and very windy and I just about froze taking pictures of this for you! This is also my first posting of an image taken with my new Canon T2i that Santa brought me for Christmas! My favorite feature of the camera: being able to zoom in to the sensor (live view) for critically sharp focusing. A great feature for an old geezer like me! Hah! Hope you all have a great week!