John Enlger commissioned Micheal Baumert Sr. to build The Temple House in 1871.
The unique round-topped gothic windows were inspired by the clock tower design of
the original Nauvoo Temple. The Temple House was initially used as a hotel which
offered food, lodging, and a stable to its guests. It also served as an office building
for many businesses, including the Nauvoo Independent newspaper. Part of the building
was made available to traveling salesmen to show their goods and one room was even used
as a roller skating rink. Later, Micheal Baumert Jr. purchased the building and portions
of it were converted into apartments. Mr. Baumert and his wife, Estella Clark Baumert,
lived in one of the apartments in the rear. Estella's father was one of the chief
stonecutters on the Nauvoo Temple and a Mormon Pioneer.
Over the years much of The Temple House was left in disrepair. However, the ceilings
in the storefronts at the North of the building have been restored to their original
design. Eight of the rooms/apartments have been made ready for visitors. Other
renovations have commenced in an effort to make this wonderful structure accessible
once more to weary travelers. The rooms on the West side of the grand hallway offer
magnificent views of the reconstructed Nauvoo Temple and the mighty Mississippi River.
A stay at The Temple House is sure to create lasting memories.
OLD NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS ABOUT THE TEMPLE HOUSE
LEGACY MOVIE SET BUILDINGS
CASE STUDY FOR THE UPSTAIRS DOWNTOWN CONFERENCE
ORIGINAL 2 STORY TEMPLE HOUSE
In July of 1983 four deeds were recorded in Carthage which cleared and transferred title in
the Temple House to Robert Cook. Jerry McLoud was instrumental in this process.
In the early days of the Temple House, Marvin Crozier set the theme for the
historic restoration of the building.
In recent years many people have been a part of the restoration, including
Michele Barnhart, Diana Ludy, and most importantly Caleb and Wendy Prusso.
The encouragement and advice of Russell Schafroth and Greg Bragg have been instrumental
in taking on such a large project.