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      Hannibal residents in the process of turning homes into landmarks

      A few residents want to make sure pieces of Hannibal stick around for a long time.

      Residents of the Central Park Historic District in downtown Hannibal are trying to make their homes local, historic landmarks.

      "But right now if you own a house and you are keeping the character doing your porch, and redoing the siding making it all look nice and nice paint job, somebody could move in right next door, slap up vinyl siding and take off the original porch put up a deck and it'll look absurd," Bob Yapp, board member of the the Central Park Historic District, said.

      Yapp TMs home is already a local landmark. Alfred W. Lamb is considered an instrumental figure in the development of downtown Hannibal.

      Yapp is one of many residents in the process of restoring his home to its original look. He is currently building a porch to resemble the one that was apart of the original construction of the house.

      Maria Crookshanks, lives just across the street from Yapp. She hopes to soon follow in his footsteps.

      Crookshanks lives in W.B. Pettibone TMs old home. Pettibone is considered a founding a member of Hannibal. She and her husband fell in love with the home back in 2011.

      "Just the historic character of it, the fact that is was masonry built and it actually has the secondary butter joints in the bricks and thin mortar joints and is really a skill that took a lot of masons to do," Crookshanks said.

      These unique features, along with the home's age and significance of those who lived there, are the reasons why it will become a landmark.

      Another reason why she says she is preserving the house so others can learn about the past.

      "So it can live on in future generations so that it doesn't go away because once its gone, it's gone," Crookshanks said.