The one and one half story residence is rectangular in plan and has a jerkinhead roof with an intersecting front side gable. Undulating asbestos shingles sheath the exterior. The windows are fixed pane. There is a bay widows and an arched recessed entry way. There are miniature brackets above the belt course and a corbelled end wall chimney on the north elevation. The building has been resided and the windows altered. There is a one story gable roof storage shed associated with the residence. The building faces west on South Fourth Street and is in good condition.
The building was occupied by Cecil Messenger in the 1930's. Cecil was the Station Master at the Independence Depot and Mrs. Messenger worked in the First National Bank in downtown Independence.