SPRINGFIELD, Mo- Steve Pokin from the Springfield News-Leader joins us, you’re the Answer Man, what question will you be answering today?
Answer Man: I have driven down West Sunshine Street for years and often glance at the chimney at the Elfindale Mansion. It looks like it’s leaning. Is this an illusion?
Yes, it’s leaning. It’s been leaning for at least 30 years and probably longer.
This week I took a good look at the brick smokestack you’re talking about. There’s a jagged crack among the bricks at the base.
I knocked on the stately doors of the Elfindale Mansion, built in 1892, to ask if they know it’s leaning.
They do and they are not concerned.
“I have been here 38 years,” says Myra Skiles, who runs the bed and breakfast and is its chief historian. “It was leaning when I started in 1980. The smokestack was part of the boiler room, which once provided heat to the mansion.”
So, that’s that. Question answered.
But thanks to your query, Alan, Skiles granted me a tour not only of the three-story stone mansion, which has been a Victorian-style bed and breakfast since 1990 but the adjoining chapel and large brick building nearby. All three are interconnected.
For more on the history of the Elfindale Mansion click here.