View from the street:
Well, you’re all kinda close; this is the carriage house or stable of the William R. Bush home at 703 W. Moss.
Judging by the two air conditioner units and trash cans, it appears to have been modified into apartments with the physical address as 702 & 706 W. St. James St.
The the view from the street is at the corner of Sheridan and St.James, one street north of Moss. As I was driving around I noticed the CILF plaque on the street side. CILF stands for Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation. It didn’t look like much until I walked around into the back yard of the private residence (normally I wouldn’t do that, but doesn’t a CILF plaque somewhat invite a little investigation?) From the yard is where I took the original photo. It has a sign which reads:
William R. Bush Stable
Stable – Ground Floor
Hayloft & Handyman Quarters – Second Floor
I know no other information about this structure or the man. I welcome anyone who does to share and help fill in the blanks.
On a Saturday morning, as I updated this post, I explained to my wife that I couldn’t find anything about it online and only found a brief mention in a book I have- with a sarcastic grin on her face, she said “well, the kids are gone, so why don’t you run down to the library and see what you can find?”