Lewis Calvin Burnes was a prominent community member of St. Joseph. President of the Burnes National Bank, he met his end in 1916 on the Country Club Golf Course.
As reported by News-Press NOW, two doctors were playing behind Burnes and his party when he kept falling behind on every hole. They thought he was having an asthma attack before he became unconscious. After resuscitation failed, the physicians attempted to revive him with electricity from his son-in-law’s car battery, but that attempt also failed.
He was pronounced dead near a bunker between hole 4 and hole 5 from heart disease.
Burnes home, located at 1923 Francis Street, could become the sixth home inside the city to obtain a historic landmark designation if the St. Joseph City Council votes in its favor at the next meeting this coming Monday.
Kim Shutte owns the home originally built in 1889. She acquired it from her parents, who bought it back in the ‘80s after it had been subdivided into apartments.
As the executive director of the Historic St. Joseph Foundation, she said it’s important to her to maintain the city’s history.
“Big thing is (landmark status) slows down or will prevent any demolition, on down the road,” Shutte said. “Our number of historic buildings is almost unparalleled in the country, and we don’t take advantage of that.”
It also prevents changing the exterior of the building by asking the landmark commission to issue a certificate of appropriateness. This effort tries to ensure the preservation of history.
The home was designed by prominent St. Joseph architect E.J Eckel, who also planned a number of other homes and buildings inside the city.
The other local landmark designations include the Frank L. Goetz residence, 2902 Frederick Ave.; Nelson/Pettis Farmstead, 4401 Ajax Rd.; Second Presbyterian Church, 1122 South 12th St.; Albert and Flora Goetz residence, 2603 Francis St.; and the Charles A. and Annie Buddy House, 424 South Ninth St.
According to Shutte, there are plans to add City Hall to the list of local landmarks.
“There will be more to come. They’re actually in the pipeline,” Shutte said.
A home has to be at least 50 years old to be considered for a local landmark designation.