Renovation Underway on a Downtown Hannibal Landmark
Renovation work is well underway on the Grants Drug Store/Pilaster House on North Main in downtown Hannibal.
Mark Twain Museum Curator Henry Sweets says water over the decades means a lot of work. "We've had a number of floods in downtown Hannibal that brought water into the building. I particularly remember the 1973 flood that brought a couple feet of water into the building." Sweets said.
There was a lot of structural damage. Siding, drywall and plaster had to come down to allow movement of the building’s timbers. Sweets says workers were then able to raise the second floor eight to nine inches to level things out.
One by twelves as shown above are being used to add structural support as the renovation continues. Sweets says the renovation will go slowly after the structure is weatherproofed again.