This building was originally home to James Clemens Jr, uncle to Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain. There are two main portions of this building: the house and the chapel. The original house was built in 1858 primarily out of brick and cast iron. It is said that the portraits along the window sills are that of James' wife which he had installed in her memory after she died. In 1887 a major addition was built onto the rear of the main house, followed by the chapel building "Our Lady of Good Counsel" in 1896. In 1949 it was sold and used by various social service organizations over the years. It was eventually abandoned sometime in 2000 after being last used as a homeless shelter.
The amount of decay due to neglect allowed to destroy this building is, in my opinon criminal. The owners have sat on this building for years allowing it to collapse into itself simply because they wouldn't fix the roof. Obviously once the roof goes, the rest of the building will follow soon after. It has been neglected for so long that any restoration effort will be incredibly expensive and difficult. The floors in the chapel are almost non-existent and I sincerely doubt it will be saved. This building is unique, historical and just plain awesome.
The black and white images below are from 1963. Clearly, it wasn't that long ago that this building was still in great shape. It's amazing how bad it's gotten just because of a few shitty owners.
All color photos are mine and were taken in 2009. The front of the chapel building has since collapsed.