• Carol Trout shares the history of the former Starr home and their plans to remodel the residence. (Below) The home located at 311 East 5th Street in Scott City. (Record Photos)
    Carol Trout shares the history of the former Starr home and their plans to remodel the residence. (Below) The home located at 311 East 5th Street in Scott City. (Record Photos)
  • Striking a balance between past and future for former Starr home
    Striking a balance between past and future for former Starr home
  • The dining room area will remain largely unchanged during the Trout’s remodeling plans. A door in the in the far right corner had been used as the main entrance when Grace Starr lived at the home. (Record Photo)
    The dining room area will remain largely unchanged during the Trout’s remodeling plans. A door in the in the far right corner had been used as the main entrance when Grace Starr lived at the home. (Record Photo)
  • Carol’s Cottage will become a place for sewing, quilting and 4-H entomology. (Record Photo)
    Carol’s Cottage will become a place for sewing, quilting and 4-H entomology. (Record Photo)
  • A piano in the former sitting room is similar to one that Byron Starr was known to have played. The piano will be relocated to the other side of the room to make way for construction of a stairway to the second floor.
    A piano in the former sitting room is similar to one that Byron Starr was known to have played. The piano will be relocated to the other side of the room to make way for construction of a stairway to the second floor.

Striking a balance between past and future for former Starr home

Since its construction nearly 115 years ago, the two-story home at 311 East 5th Street in Scott City has been testament to the architecture of another era.

There’s the stained yellow pine that frames the doorways and was used for pocket doors at the entrance to a sitting room. The limestone foundation still shows evidence of cut marks. And there are windows in every closet (there was no electricity at the time).

Built in 1905, it’s known as a Victorian cottage. The current kitchen and bathroom were added in the mid-1930s.

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