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c. 1854 Greek Revival/Italianate – La Grange, MO

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Added to OHD on 10/10/17   -   Last OHD Update: 10/14/19   -   18 Comments

406 W Monroe St, La Grange, MO 63448

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  • $16,500
  • Foreclosure
  • 2 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1505 Sq Ft
  • 0.32 Ac.
If these walls could talk! Built in 1854, this home is listed on the National Historic Registry (ID#99000664), and was formerly known as the Dr. J.A Hay Home, who was a friend of President Lincoln's. A charming 2.5 story brick on an oversized corner lot, it offers over 2500 total square feet of living space, an updated attached garage, corner lot, and a great view of the city park across the street. The home is vacant and in need of some TLC, but upon improvements would make a stately home. A new central air unit was installed in 2005, and most of the older windows have been replaced with new double pane windows.
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Jennifer Wood, Fretwell & Associates
(573) 767-5436
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18 Comments on c. 1854 Greek Revival/Italianate – La Grange, MO

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  1. TracyTracy says: 101 comments

    What a bummer that the most significant water damage shown is in the room with the ornamental plaster cornice… 🙁

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    • Gregory K. Hubbard says: 446 comments

      You’ve got sharp eyes – I hadn’t noticed the cornice the first time through. With your observation, I went back and looked again, and several rooms have good cornices.

      However, in the one photograph of the front hall, a shirt covered the newel….

  2. BethanyBethany says: 3324 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Kind of a disconnect to see the (unused) crib in the midst of the chaos.

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  3. kmmoorekmmoore says: 391 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    Oh how sad! Someone save her quick!

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  4. DianeEG says: 540 comments

    What a great opportunity for someone looking to have a wonderful home at a bargain basement initial investment. Has a similar brick beauty next door. I doubt you’d ever get the money back you invest in bringing her back due to the modest neighborhood but you’d have a wowzer place to live. The City web site describes the town of about 900 on the Mississippi River as an “undiscovered jewel” and that might be applicable to the home. For the OHL with a strong back and skills, this is certainly worth consideration.

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  5. JB says: 108 comments

    Sad present state of existence, yet with some elbow grease and perseverance to see the potential end results of hard labor this home could once again shine. It’d be nice if the realtor could provide more pictures of the interior to include the present state of the main stairwell. The archived National Register picture is provided and it would be nice to see what the present shape the stairwell may reveal.

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  6. Colleen J says: 1211 comments

    Nicole Curtis come quick, what a bargain price for such a piece of history! That crib picture looks so out of place that’s for sure.

  7. Sandy B says: 589 comments

    I always cringe at the oft noted as a plus statement that original windows have been replaced instead of restored, or at least remaining. In this gem, they look to be vinyl with fake muntins….sad.

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    • Brosia says: 78 comments

      I’m so with you. It’s always better to restore and preserve the original. New windows both cannot be repaired when broken or worn out (they must be replaced) and typically don’t provide the insulation value they advertise anyway. I read once that they tend to run comparable insulation value to a restored original window. A shame and a waste to tear them out, especially when you really aren’t getting the benefit you thought you were out of the swap.

      • Gregory K. Hubbard says: 446 comments

        Great observation. Wallingford House, in Kennebunk – it’s on the web, has fine and huge antique sash. When we first saved the house, the old sash, made somewhere between 1804 and perhaps as late as 1840, were so soft, the panes were dropping out. Every one was restored for less money than replacements. Properly caulked, they don’t leak air.

        Even after the restoration, vinyl replacement salespeople came by to push their products.

  8. Ray Unseitig says: 197 comments

    This is cheaper than a mobile and comes w. realestate.

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  9. abevy says: 355 comments

    I see it has a pending sale. I Hope it is someone who will fix it up. I agree with Sandy on the windows. Old windows are best left. New buyers can re-do them. None of this fake plastic stuff.

  10. Gregory K. Hubbard says: 446 comments

    The brickwork has been repointed with a grinder and perhaps Portland cement. This house is fine enough there may have been ‘buttered joints.’ Fortunately there is no significant freeze-thaw cycle to spall it.

    Like vinyl siding and windows, us preservation types must do a better job of education.

    • says: 21 comments

      Gregory, as you may know, and for those who do not, a liquid product once used exclusively by marine yards for wood restoration, is now readily available in big box stores (Elmers and other brands). It penetrates the cells of soft wood resulting in a hardened version stronger than the original wood. It can then be drilled, nailed, tooled.

      An engineer friend used it to restore rotted windows previously destined for total replacement. The results are profound. As it changes the molecular structure of the wood cells, it produces a nearly stone-like effect.

      I have used it with great successes. I have even used it on a rotted depression in horizontal wood decking, where water actually pools and freezes over Prince Edward Island, Canada, winters. It’s pricey, the only caveat, and worth it.

      May many more original wood frame windows be saved!!

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      • Gregory K. Hubbard says: 446 comments

        Thanks for the comments on this product. I’d forgotten it was available…..and I missed your comment when you first posted it. Sorry and thanks. I have been doing rehab on my 92-year-old mother, not old buildings, so I am a little behind the times.

  11. Sandy B says: 589 comments

    Preservation of our historic resources hinges upon education of our younger generations. Us passionate preservation types must persevere.

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