As part of keeping Cuba, MO and the neighborhood where they do business looking good, sisters Virginia Watson (of Frisco’s Pub & Grill) and her sister Casilda Kekeisen hired Perry Barton Construction to paint the historic Smith Street building where Crawford County Office Solutions is located.
The sisters purchased and upgraded the building a few years ago. The upstairs has a modern apartment that is now rented by one of Frisco’s staff. But the sisters decided that they wanted a color and trim more in keeping with the historic area.
The Benjamin Moore Color Richmond Gold and the accompanying Montgomery White trim were chosen as part of the historical color palette adopted by Cuba’s Historic Preservation Commission and suggested by Marilyn Stewart, a tireless worker for Historic Uptown Cuba.
“We just wanted to do our part to clean up the neighborhood,” stated Virginia Watson on a recent afternoon at Frisco’s. Her sister, who also works at Frisco’s, nodded her head in agreement.
Virginia and her husband John Watson have a sentimental reason to keep the historic building looking good. At one time it was owned by John’s great-grandparents, Benjamin Franklin Askins Sr. and his wife Dona, who had a small grocery and meat shop there. Fred Askins Sr. was also present the day that Senate candidate Harry Truman came to town in 1940 to make his speech on the steps of the Cuba Methodist Church, which is now Wallace House.
Later, his son Benjamin Franklin Askins Jr. and his wife Mary, John Watson’s grandparents, took over running the store. The Askins Jr. family lived above the store when John’s mom Pat Watson was a girl.
Viva Cuba salutes the businesses and owners of Cuba property who do their part to keep the historic nature of their buildings in tact and part of Cuba’s historic beautification.
For more preservation in Cuba, MO…and more to come…