Edina, Missouri, is one of those very rare towns that still retains a lot of its past and yet has not been gentrified into contrived quaintness. It’s loaded with surprisingly intact commercial storefronts facing the town square. Which is itself rather interesting as Edina has not just one town square, but two! And the two are adjacent to each other. Portions of two streets bordering the squares make up the Edina Double Square Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.
Platted in 1839, the town is old enough to boast a number of antebellum houses. The volume of historic buildings, both modest and ornate, gives Edina its memorable character. Its roughly 1,200 residents are friendly and justifiably proud of their heritage. The affordability of real estate makes the community an anomaly for 21st century preservationists. The potential is vast – especially for historic preservationists in neighboring Illinois wishing to escape from their ever-increasing high taxes.
The following 18 images are a mix of photos I took last year and screen grabs from Google Street View dating to 2012 and 2014. Commercial buildings will be followed by houses: