This is another of Chariton's fine old homes that appears to be teetering on the edge, although it seems to be structurally sound, has a decent roof and has been updated in a not unpleasant way not that long ago.
I don't know it's history, but an aunt of mine recalled sharing an upstairs apartment here with cousins back in the 1930s, when country kids attending high school and working on the side needed a place to live in town.
Built atop a stone-walled basement in Queen Anne style, it may date from the 1890s and although altered still has its fish-scale shingles in the gable ends. Can't tell if the finial atop the turret roof is original --- but it's certainly striking.
It's located at the intersection of North 5th Street and Osage Avenue, which continues east for two short blocks and then dead-ends. When this area was in its heyday at the turn of the 20th century, Chariton was spreading east along Osage and Auburn avenues. Then, in the second decade, the Rock Island railroad line was built, curving in broadly from the east before turning south and cutting off Osage's extension.