When I first started this post, I didn’t know where in Winona the Col. Moore House was, or even who Col. Moore was, and unfortunately, the sparse record in the MDAH Historic Resources Database informed me that it was no longer standing. So I went on a little sleuthing expedition in the Sanborn maps for Winona, and I found the footprint of a house at the corner of S. Central Avenue and Knox Street that looked similar to the Moore house (2 stories with a rear el or wing and full-height porch, set back from the street on a large lot). When I went to Google maps expecting to see a vacant lot or maybe several later house or even an apartment building or Dollar General store, what did I find instead? A house that has some similarities to the Moore House, but some discrepancies as well. Is this the Moore House, remodeled with Roman Ionic columns and a new entrance among other changes? Or is this a completely different house? The more I look at the two, the less I think the house at S. Central is the Moore House, but I invite you to look at both images and see what you think. The S. Central house is part of the Winona Historic District and is called “The Oaks,” although that record estimates the house was built in the 1870s, while the HABS record places the Moore House, or at least its log core in the 1820s.
HABS website: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ms0076/