Famed guests, historical scandals, prominent owners—if these walls could talk, the stories would surely be varied and eyebrow-raising. To pass along the tales of decades past, real estate professionals and home owners share details about these historical, on-the-market properties.
5105 Lindell Blvd.
Kevin Hurley and Jim Human of Janet McAfee Real Estate
A wealthy homeowner held against her will by her staff for her fortunes is the stuff of soap operas—and, reportedly, this Lindell Boulevard property.
Long before the scandal, the estate was built in 1897 by the then-president of the Union Trust Company, William E. Hughes, says Janet McAfee's Jim Human. After William J. Orthwein’s brief stint as owner, William F. Niedringhaus lived in the home; he was the co-inventor of Granite Ironware, now known as Graniteware, and co-establisher of Granite City, Ill. The next owner, Dr. John O’Fallon Delany, was a successful real estate professional (and a trained surgeon) who married Elizabeth Sloan. And after his death, the then-Elizabeth Delany reportedly was held captive in her beautiful estate.
Relatives were kept out of the home, explains Human, and violence reportedly was used to force Delany to pass her fortune to her housekeeper and other staff. Human explains that a Delany relative eventually ended up with the assets after claiming Delany had been of unsound mind when she agreed to leave her trust to her employees.
Decades later, 5105 Lindell Blvd. became home to beloved KMOX radio personality Jack Carney, who reportedly broadcasted from his third-floor studio.
“The present owner has done what I would call a meticulous, splendid rehabilitation of the whole house,” says Human. “It has a very warm, grand feeling.”
Listed for $1,849,000
304 Maple St., Arcadia, Mo.
Brenda Fisher and Gillian Noero of Dielmann Sotheby International Realty
In the city of Arcadia, Mo., near what is now the Fort Davidson State Historic Site, sits a large home currently used for weekends and summers. Current owner Gerald Keathley explains that the 17-room house originally belonged to Gen. John W. Turner and his wife, Blanche Soulard. The property was purchased in 1887, according to documents from the Missouri Historical Society; and later entertained the likes of Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant. To design the shingle-style home on the property, Turner hired the later-famed architects William S. Eames and Thomas C. Young, who then directed Louis Miller Sr. to lead the project.
Keathley, whose parents owned the home before him, says many people have inquired over the years about using metal detectors on the property: Items such as Civil War-era uniform buttons and bullets have been unearthed through this process.
Price available upon request
18 Washington Terrance
Keith Manzer of Laura McCarthy
Surrounded by the history of the Central West End is the private place of Washington Terrace, where No. 18 currently is on the market. The home was designed in 1910 by William Levy, and features a Jacobethan Revival design, influenced by the Tudor style, according to Terrace Tales: A Contemporary History of Washington Terrace, Street of Mansions by Jeff Tallent. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom home originally belonged to a director of May Department Stores, Morton May Sr.
The fourth owner, Otto Faerber, was actively involved with the neighborhood association during his time in the home. “Area crime was starting to build up, and some of these houses were starting to crumble,” says Laura McCarthy director of advertising Scott Pickel. “Faerber was kind of the figure head of this restoration process within that area.” According to Terrace Tales, Faerber was part of the movement to shield the area from unwelcome changes. He is quoted in the book as saying, It represents how dedicated people don’t have to rely on government to preserve their way of life.
The home currently maintains a balance between the old and new. “It has the carriage house out back,which includes an entire, updated apartment,” Pickel says. “It has that historic structure, but duality with the modern lifestyle amenities.”
Listed for $1,295,000
408 South Warson Road
Sally Goldkamp and Cindy Looney of Gladys Manion
This 1936 home was custom-built by I. E. Millstone for engineer Joseph Sunnen of the Sunnen Product Company. Because of the owner’s profession, meticulous details can be found throughout the house—details that attracted the current owners.
“In all of the rooms, there are electrical strips built into the base boards with outlets about 6 inches apart so that you can plug-in anywhere around the room—and yet it doesn't show up like an outlet. Everything was just so solidly built and thought out,” says the current homeowner, Pat Roestel. She says her and her engineer-husband, Arne, bought the home because of her husband's sheer appreciation for the building. “Back in 1936, [Sunnen] was trying to anticipate what the future might hold and all the things you might want to do, so he put in this enormous commercial-grade electrical system,” Roestel says.
Roestel says a reflecting pond and pergola were added for Sunnen's daughter's wedding some 20 years after the original construction. Two of Roestel’s daughters have also had their wedding receptions on the property.
Listed for $2,300,000