1887 – Saint Joseph, MO

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Added to OHD on 6/19/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   42 Comments
Off Market / Archived
National Register

115 S 13th St, Saint Joseph, MO 64501

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  • $290,000
  • 0.26 Ac.
Formerly The Boteler Flats located in Museum Hill Historic District for over 100 years! Dr. William C. Boteler, a well known St. Joseph Optometrist, commissioned this 3 story Chateauesque brick structure construction and produced by Edmond Eckel. It would be a gorgeous 7 unit of loft living space when finished out.
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Michelle Schaup, BHHS - Stein & Summers Real Estate
(816) 232-2000
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42 Comments on 1887 – Saint Joseph, MO

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11895 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I was going to skip this one because no interior photos but the exterior makes you stop and stare, I couldn’t get it out of my head.

  2. MonChiChiPox says: 205 comments

    If I know my OHD sleuths we’ll have a full bio on this house within 24 hours. The mystery of the limited photos will be to much for them to take. Talk about curb appeal. Even in this condition,. This is one you don’t walk or drive by without looking and having a flash as if you’ve known it in a past life.

  3. Randy C says: 447 comments

    I really hope someone with pockets decides to pick this up and restore it to a single family home. It breaks my heart to think of it as a 7 unit loft rental. Without more pics though, I can’t imagine the financial feasibility of it.

  4. Karen I says: 174 comments

    Wow! At first glance, I thought this was another “castle” from outside the US! I would love to see the interior – no matter how bad!

  5. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Auuugh! Must. See. Inside.

  6. Glenn says: 56 comments

    Here’s more pictures of the exterior from happier times

  7. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    While I was obsessively scouring the internet for info on this place, I found another incredible house that is apparently in the restoration process in Saint Joseph. Here the the Google Earth view of that house:

    809 Hall St

    Soooo…now I’ll be spending the rest of my evening looking for info on both… ?

  8. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1076 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.

    Nooo don’t let some absentee landlord get their hands on it.
    It stands out on it’s own please don’t ruin it.

  9. Connie says: 24 comments

    Could be a fairy tale house!

  10. Woeisme says: 145 comments

    If you go to the pdf in the historic register listed above, go to page 119. It shows the house in the 70 s sometime.

    • BethsterBethster says: 870 comments
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      1927 Spanish Revival
      Richmond, VA

      There are so many impressive houses and buildings shown in that document! Sadly, many were in disrepair then. I want to know what’s happened in the years since. But I’m afraid to go to Google Street View and take a look. 🙁

  11. Nancy C says: 133 comments

    Check last sentence in the Sale Notes paragraph

  12. David D says: 54 comments

    This House has magic, I would love to be the one to fix it up and live in it. Wow, WOW the lines and angles just makes me feel happy. The imagination runs wild, just wild.

  13. MaryBeth says: 60 comments

    So.. any questions now about painting brick?

  14. PaulPaul says: 103 comments
    Arlington, VA

    Love this place. Found this on LoopNet website… more details. See Private Remarks.
    Formerly The Boteler Flats located in Museum Hill Historic District for over 100 years! Dr. William C. Boteler, a well known St. Joseph Optometrist, commissioned this 3 story Chateauesque brick structure construction and produced by Edmond Eckel. It would be a gorgeous 7 unit of loft living space when finished out. Private Remarks: Current owner has done the following: Replaced rotted decking, re-roof with TPO, insulation board, rebuilt perimeter parapet walls, tuck pointed majority of front façade, tear down and re-laid brickwork above 3rd story French doors. Custom roofing caps & flashing. Stain glass has been saved.

    Also in an old article the doctor was sued for libel in Philadelphia and it also states previously he had to leave St. Joseph, MO suddenly. He was also caught up in a blackmailing scheme in Kansas City. Sounds like the doc was a little shady. ?

    I’ll have to do some more digging on this guy. LOL

  15. Ian Thomas Hardin says: 1 comments

    I’ve driven by this place at least two times in the last week. The for sale flyer says the major structural work is done, but they estimate about $125 a square foot to make it livable/rentable.

  16. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1180 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    Thanks for this info! It looked good with the balconies on each side! And the main winding stairs reminds of those in Montréal, QC, Canada!

  17. Sara says: 14 comments

    Gorgeous place. Would be great restored (not remodeled) as flats. Non-single families need nice places to live, too!

  18. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5454 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    I’ve been aware of this former apartment house for the past 20 years. The only thing consistent has been its steady deterioration during this long period of time. The original appearance was red brick with white limestone trim which would have given it far less of a “Tropical Island” look with its current colors. Edmund J. Eckel along with his business partner-associate George Mann, were the premier architects in late 19th century St. Joseph when the town was vying for regional dominance with upstart Kansas City. In the end, KC won and rapidly grew while St. Joseph began a long decline lasting almost a century. For a few years, creative designer/architect Harvey Ellis worked in St. Joe under the auspices of George Mann who took the credit and the commissions for the designs created by Ellis. I saw an early 1900’s architectural portfolio of George Mann and several of the designs still had Harvey Ellis signatures on the illustrations including a cemetery monument. But the somewhat tragic story of Harvey Ellis is another matter for another time. Getting back to this somewhat rare high-end example of a Victorian apartment building, I think the most impressive exterior detail is the iron staircase. Not many examples are still around in the Midwest. I hope the information posted about the stained glass being stored is true. I believe at one time all of the transoms on the front facade had stained glass windows. I also vaguely recall a previous listing that showed some interior pics but it was from over a decade ago. As I remember, the interior was nice but nothing was outstanding. Now, as for Hall Street, a short thoroughfare of about a dozen mansions, that was THE place to call home in late Victorian era St. Joseph. Shakespeare Chateau on Hall Street is arguably the finest surviving Victorian era house remaining in St. Joe but a few others come very close. Between the Great Depression years and the 1980’s a vast number of Victorian homes and buildings were demolished in St. Joe and still today the City is very aggressive about razing “substandard” structures. The loss of the historic St. Charles Hotel in the early 2000’s was a huge preservation setback for the community. It had been in the 1970’s movie PAPER MOON and was relatively intact inside. However, a next door sign business bought the property from the anti-preservation owner and successfully petitioned the city to have it demolished for urgently needed business expansion. The local newspaper sided with the business owner against local preservationist who had a purchase plan in place so the unique hotel was sadly destroyed. A I recall, it took almost five years after the demolition for the business to expand to the former hotel site. In the 1980’s the palatial Roubidoux Hotel (named after the founder of St. Joe, Joseph Roubdoux) was imploded and it was featured in a TV beer commercial. Historic Preservation in St. Joseph has long been controversial and I expect it will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, I’d love to see someone buy and restore this rare apartment building designed by St. Joseph’s premier Victorian era architect.

  19. RossRoss says: 2458 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Recently, I finally made it to St. Joseph, and did a blog post about my adventure:


    • BethsterBethster says: 870 comments
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      1927 Spanish Revival
      Richmond, VA

      Great post, Ross—a wealth of photos and information. I’m especially glad to see inside Barbosa’s. I couldn’t imagine a building like that being used as a restaurant. Nice to see some of the beautiful details that remain, especially those pocket doors and their hardware.

      The McAlister Residence is stunning. It appears to be in good shape—I hope it is. And that retaining wall at the McNeeley looks so much better than what was there before!

      It’s a shame that Ellis and his work are not more widely appreciated (or even recognized). Do you know how he died?

    • BethsterBethster says: 870 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1927 Spanish Revival
      Richmond, VA

      Found an article about the McAlister house (including some reported paranormal activity) from 2012. I see that it was once a museum.


    • AmyBeeAmyBee says: 600 comments

      Thank you for your fantastic road trip!!! How truly unfortunate about St. Joseph MO and it’s lack of preservation awareness. I wonder if a cadre of influential and preservation minded citizens could sway the city leaders? Unless this is changed I fear for the archiectural future of St. Joseph.

  20. Sandi Nahmias says: 3 comments

    Couldn’t stop staring. Would love to see the inside!


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