The Boat House

When you wanted to impress visitors from out of town with the homes in Cape Girardeau, there’s one place you’d always take them – The Boat House at the corner of West End Blvd. and Highland Dr., across from Capaha Park.

Looks like a river boat

The two-story, 115-foot–long house was designed to look like a Mississippi River boat when it was built for Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Erlbacher in 1941-42. Mr. Erlbacher was a world-renowned boat builder and he wanted his home to reflect his work.

Limestone stairs look like flowing water

Despite the fact that I shot 119 frames from every angle I could without going onto private property, I don’t think I got the definitive photo that captures the special feel of the house.

Maybe it won’t be a cold and windy day with rain threatening the next time I shoot it.

Photo gallery of The Boat House

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