A piece of the past

Recently, Entrepreneur and I drove to Fulton, MO, a nearby town, to have lunch with some friends. The town is home to two colleges, Westminster and William Woods. It’s also home to what is historically known in the town as The Brick District.

The Brick District is a few blocks of downtown Fulton where sixty-nine buildings, make up “downtown.” Many of these buildings were built between 1880 and 1938 and are on the state’s historic register. The streets in this area are all brick, originally laid between 1910 and 1912.

The restaurant we visited was called Beks, a casual dining establishment housed in two buildings on the historic registry. The buildings were originally designed by famous Missouri architect Morris Frederick Bell, who also designed the Francis Quadrangle and Jesse Hall, the historic center of the University of Missouri campus. The main building of Beks Restaurant was once a dry goods store owned and operated by M.F. Bell’s son-in-law.

Exposed brick walls, crown moldings and tin ceilings were a few of the details once we stepped foot inside onto the 120-year-old original wood floors.

I had the Tuscan Chicken Sandwich which was delicious. It was a grilled chicken breast, topped with basil pesto, feta cheese, lettuce, red onion, and tomato, served on a toasted ciabatta roll. Since I must order sweet potato fries everywhere they are offered, I added that as a side item and have to say they were some of the best I’ve had anywhere. Normally, I only eat half my order and take the rest home. I ended up eating the entire sandwich and all. of. the. fries. No leftovers for me this time.  Unfortunately, Entrepreneur’s fish sandwich was not to his liking.

Our area is filled with historic finds like this one. Many are in buildings with history but have been repurposed to fit 21st century preferences. I’m always happy to see businesses keep some of the original, historical charm when they renovate with modern-day conveniences.

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different. ~Aldous Huxley

6 thoughts on “A piece of the past

  1. Lisa, I LOVE the look of Beks! As you know, I’m really into architecture; specifically “vintage” architecture because it has such a wonderful “already lived-in feel” to it.

    Those exposed brick walls are faaaaaaabulous! And so are the original 120-year-old floors!

    Your sandwich and fries looked and sounded heavenly. I love pesto. And much like you, I adore sweet potato anything. In fact, I made a soup two nights ago with sweet potatoes. Yum-my!

    Thanks for sharing your day, my friend. Enjoyed! Hope you’re having a great week so far! X

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