c. 1830 – Fayette, MO

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310 S Main St, Fayette, MO 65248

  • $117,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3944 Sq Ft
  • 0.62 Ac.
Own a piece of history! This 1830 Federal-style home with Italianate porch boasts 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Built by Samuel T. Crews, this beauty has nearly 4,000 square feet, with two staircases, original floors and trim work. The master bathroom suite is complete with sitting room, walk-in shower and jetted tub! A 3 stall garage also sits on the property. Situated on .62 acres!
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Caitlin Campbell, Century 21,
573) 442-2121

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22 Comments on c. 1830 – Fayette, MO

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11845 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to the agent for submitting her listing!

  2. 67drake67drake says: 266 comments
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    1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    Love the exterior and yard.
    New lights and coat of white paint on the kitchen ceiling and would do wonders. It’s like entering a different dimension.

  3. JimHJimH says: 5125 comments
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    From the NRHP South Main Street Historic District nomination:
    Dr. Samuel Tribble Crews built the second oldest house in the district, 310 South Main Street. Samuel Crews was born in Madison County, Kentucky in 1800. He received his medical training at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and then moved to Fayette in 1825. Dr. Crews’ medical practice grew steadily as did his real estate holdings in Howard County and later in Texas and he quickly became a highly esteemed citizen of Fayette. He was one of the original trustees of the town in 1826 and was active in Fayette’s community affairs throughout his lifetime.
    In 1828, Dr. Crews married Miss Elizabeth Ward, and it is likely that the construction of their brick I-house on South Main Street occurred about the same time. Apparently, Dr. Crews used the first floor of his home as his office and shared this space with John M. Ryland, a Fayette lawyer. On June 14, 1827, Ryland published a notice in the Missouri Intelligencer to inform the public “that his Law Office is kept in the front room of Doct. S. T. Crews’ brick house in Fayette.” in 1835, Dr. Crews moved out to his farm five miles east of town, where he lived until the close of the Civil War. After the war, he moved back to the house on South Main Street and lived there for the remainder of his life.
    The 1876 Atlas of Howard County shows that Samuel Crews owned a large tract of land just south of the Fayette city limits; his land on the east side of Main Street extended south past the railroad corridor. By the mid-1890’s, however, Dr. Crews had sold the land south of his house to his son-in-law, Julius C. Ferguson, who built the largest and most elaborate residence on South Main Street.

    310 South Main Street – ca. 1830; the Dr. Samuel T. Crews house.
    Originally a Federal styled house, this two-story brick l-house was remodeled using Italianate ornamentation in the late 19th century. The house has an original two-story brick rear ell and sits on an ashlar foundation. A two-story brick addition was added to the rear of the house in the 1970’s. This addition is smaller and slightly offset and is of comparable form and massing. The main part of the house is banded at the roofline with a boxed cornice, paired brackets and dentils. The hipped roof features corbelled chimneys inside the north and south elevations. Metal stars on all of the main block elevations mark the placement of metal tie rods in the walls.
    The facade is divided into three bays, and a one-story porch extends almost the length of the house. The central bay features entrances on both the first and second stories. Each has a rectangular transom and sidelights. The doors at each level are flanked by windows with limestone lintels and lugsills and non-operational shutters. The porch, which has a flat roof, is supported by six rectangular posts with scroll-sawn spandrels. A simple wooden railing surrounds the roof of the porch. The porch ornamentation consists of a boxed cornice, paired brackets and a plain frieze that matches that of the main house.
    The north and south elevations of the main block of the l-house are identical. Each
    elevation has single two-over-two windows with limestone lintels and lugsills on both the first and second stories. The right rear ell was originally connected to the main house with porches on both the first and second stories. These porches have been enclosed with wooden clapboard siding. The newer brick addition is behind the right rear ell. A new three-car gable-roofed garage with vinyl siding sits behind the house. [House – contributing, Garage – non-contributing]

    Samuel Crews and his descendants owned the four houses at the south end of the district. Samuel Crews lived at 310 South Main; his daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Julius Ferguson lived at 312, and his granddaughter, Sarah Crigler Tolson, and her husband, John, owned both 307 and 311 South Main Street.


    • CharlestonJohn says: 1127 comments

      Thanks for copying the NRHP description. The Victorianization (probably not a word) of the front was pretty easy to figure out with the eave brackets and porch. The modifications/ additions around back had me stumped. Looks like the interior is a mishmash as well. The staircase is obviously the most notable detail to have been modernized, maybe a quarter century or so after the house was originally built. Just like today, most people in the past wanted the latest styles, and renovators were busy back then too. They just didn’t have reality shows on HGTV.

      • John Shiflet says: 5470 comments

        Charelston John, I think “Victorianization” is entirely appropriate here as it does extend from the exterior to the interior. Still, houses from this period are not common in Missouri so it remains an appealing house despite some later alterations. Someone also put up some Gothic Revival brackets on the porch posts just for fun but the Federal form and some original details survive. Historic house here in the full sense of that term closely connected to Fayette’s early history. Thanks Jim, for the NRHP information.

      • ddbacker says: 508 comments

        It’s a word now – and a very good word at that.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 826 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Thank you for the description which answered my question about the clapboard segment on the side elevation. Now I know it used to be a two-story porch! Would be nice to resurrect if possible. Thank you!

    • JillieD says: 92 comments

      So amazingly helpful of you to post this info. Thank you!

  4. BethanyBethany says: 3501 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Nice house, the style is one I just love. And it goes back so far behind! But as soon as I saw the kitchen I thought, are they filming a cooking show here or something ?

    • Gail M says: 202 comments

      You’re right, Bethany. The kitchen does look like a studio.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6559 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Pretty sure that bit started out as a dropped, acoustic tile ceiling. Someone decided to take it out, but stopped after removing the tiles and then just painted the upper framing and ceiling black. Mmmmmmmm, yeah. Odd, but not a major setback. “Killz” will cover anything.

  5. Kay says: 63 comments

    Very interesting history! THis place could really be pretty with the correct renovations.

  6. robinjn says: 254 comments

    Look at those wide plank floors! There’s a bit of a mish-mash here and I agree on the kitchen; just painting the ceiling white could make a huge difference.

    Fayette is a very charming little town only about a half hour from Columbia. There have been some nice little restaurants move in and it has a lovely Farmers’ Market in summer. The County Seat, it has a beautiful courthouse on a square and is home of Central Methodist University. Be sure to check Street View on this one; brick cobbles! And if you keep going into downtown you can see the courthouse and the lovely square.

  7. LorenN says: 20 comments

    Endless possibilities here. Needs the Stone House Reviver to put the “heart” back into it. All that off white wall to wall carpeting has to go. The kitchen is Odd & very dark – must be a cooking Studio (show). Imagine living on a BRICK PAVED Street! What a wonder that is & so very charming!

  8. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1168 comments

    I liked the little room with the window seat and book cases wrapped around it. Lots of history in this house.

  9. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11845 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted in 2016 so some comments above may be older. Moving to front page.

  10. James Sapp says: 99 comments

    Beauty but never thought the staircase wasn’t original, would love to see what should be for this homes build date. Noticed wood flooring was very wide in one part and of a smaller width in others. I always wondered were the original kitchen would have been or if it had a summer kitchen at one time. I would love to bring the side porch back, it would be incredible looking but an incredible difference in the winter. I love this home and have looked at it through the years, wishing I owned it.

  11. DD says: 17 comments

    Whatever happened to nice, wide hallways….shameful omission to later homes

  12. Linda Harp says: 22 comments

    Is that a clothes shoot? LOL… love it! I haven’t seen one of those since our little bungalow in Detroit!

  13. Jen says: 7 comments

    I love everything about it. The kitchen, wellllll still love it. Wish I could get my husband to move..

  14. Dr. Peterson says: 105 comments

    I believe my great-aunt lived in this house. She was the Dean of Women at Central College. Nice old house. Nice clean small college town.

  15. Mary H. Dunton says: 28 comments

    What a gorgeous old home!! I love the stairwell and floors especially, as well as the fireplaces and the spaciousness. I’d buy it in a second if I could.

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