Grace House

Photographs of a church converted into a residence in Clarksville, Missouri for Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty agent Ted Wight

The Grace House located at 101 S 3rd Street, MO 63336

This is an extraordinarily rare opportunity to buy an important building designed by noted architects Charles Nagel & Frederick Dunn who designed many fine homes & churches in the St. Louis area.

This property was the quaint Grace Church that looked over the town of Clarksville. It was established in 1869, but the current structure was built in 1940. The red brick building is in Georgian style, with dentil molding, a barrel roof, dual staircases leading to the front door & 5-foot porthole windows.

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The Fabulous Falicon Mansion is For Sale!

Historic Falicon Mansion in Clarksville

Once in a lifetime does a property like the fabled Falicon Mansion become available for sale. Considered one of the most impressive, historic homes in Northeast Missouri. Built in the late 1800’s, the mansion is 11,000 sq. feet & has 19 rooms, 7 bedrooms, 6 baths & 9 fireplaces. Designed by the noted architectural firm of Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge. Located on 40 acres in gorgeous Pike County. The Neo-classical home has a commanding presence. The grand foyer features a sweeping staircase & dramatic archway. The Dining Room is enormous, 28’ x 20’, and features a 12’ ceiling, tooled leather wallpaper, stenciled ceiling, mahogany paneling & a fireplace with marble surround & a cast-iron fire back with a relief of a lion wrestling a serpent. The Great Room is 34’ x 28’, with 12’ beamed & stenciled ceilings, oak paneling & a massive fireplace. The grounds are lovely with 50 species of trees. 2-bedroom guesthouse & other historic outbuildings. Pike County is 1.25 hrs. from St. Louis.


Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-607-5555,







101 N.1st Street, Clarksville FOR SALE

This is a rare opportunity to buy a historic building from the 1840’s in Clarksville. Located right in the middle of Clarksville’s two main streets. Views of the Mississippi River are right out your front windows. Completely renovated with new systems. About 1,600 square feet of open retail space on the first floor with an efficiency kitchen and restroom. The second floor is about 1,600 sq. feet and is set up as a large 3 bedroom apartment with a kitchen and full bath. Clarksville is a charming town with artist galleries, antiques stores and restaurants. This is a great opportunity for someone to live and work in your own building.


Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty, 314-607-5555,







Grace Church Article

Check out the recent St Louis Post Dispatch article about Grace Church.

Frederick Dunn Designed Church in Clarksville, Mo

Stark Barn

The owners of the Stark House in Pike County just finished an exterior renovation of the historic barn on the property.  It looks lovely…..complete with a new weather vane. 

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Landmarks Association Pike County Ramble 2012

The St. Louis Landmarks Association had another Pike County Ramble in May.  I hosted the group…many who were returning ramblers from last year's tour to Clarksville and Paynesville.

We had a lovely day and saw the best of Pike County and Louisiana.

We started at our family farm- Rockford Farms where they saw our historic Griffith McCune house and then the adjoining Rockford School House. Afterwards we saw the historic McIlroy House perched up on a hill with a perfect view of the rolling hills and valleys. From there we traveled to Louisiana.  The group waived at the historic Stark Home on Highway D as they ohhed and ahhed! At the first stop in Louisiana they were greeted by the Osborns at their historic Luce House on Georgia Street. See the first set of pictures below. Afterwards we dined at The Eagles Nest on chicken and shrimp salad. After lunch we toured the perfectly restored Jackson House on Georgia….peaked into one of the historic Buffum homes….visited Stark Nursery….then somehow we got the bus up through the rambling River View Graveyards roads to catch a view of the river and Illinois valley beyond. The group was impressed and will certainly spread good words about Lousiana, MO and Pike County!





A mirror that once graced the Campbell House in St Louis


Lunch at The Eagle's Nest



The lovely Jackson home



Stark Brothers Nursery- Louisiana, MO

I have not driven West on Highway 54 from Louisiana in a while….the other day I stumbled across the Stark Brothers Nursery. What a wonderful building. I Iknow I will be there this Spring to buy some fruit trees. I have a lonely apple tree on our farm that needs a mate… that it will actually produce apples! The picture is a bit tilted….I was cold and took the photo from my car.



Mesker Brother’s Building Facades

The Mesker Brothers were based in St. Louis and manufactured iron storefronts for buildings across the nation.  They did most of the iron storefronts that you see on Laclede's Landing.  Today I was driving through Eolia, MO in Pike County and stopped by a store.  I noticed that this storefront was also built by Mesker Brothers.

Below is from the Illinois Historic Preservation Committee:

Many Main Street commercial buildings of the late 1800s and early 1900s reflect the widespread availability of mass-produced building parts, which ranged from individual components to entire building facades. While prefabricated architectural elements were available from a number of manufacturers, no other companies better exemplify this niche than the Mesker Brothers Iron Works of St. Louis, Missouri, and George L. Mesker Company of Evansville, Indiana. They specialized in ornamental sheet-metal facades and cast iron storefront components, which were ordered through catalogs and easily shipped by rail to any interested building owner. Their extensive product lines not only featured embossed sheet-metal panels and cast iron but also entire storefront assemblies, as well as tin ceilings, fences, skylights, and freight elevators.

“Meskers”, as they are called, are found across America. However, because the companies were based in the Midwest, they are particularly plentiful in Illinois and are part of the state’s rich architectural history. Made of galvanized steel and cast iron, these durable facades often survive, despite the occasional neglect and lack of maintenance. While not all buildings may feature elaborate sheet metal facades, individual building components, such as cornices and window hoods, are quite common throughout the state, especially in smaller communities. If your town has a Mesker facade, we would like to know about it. The goal of our ever-expanding Illinois database (PDF file) and this website is to recognize the historic significance of the Mesker companies in the shaping of our downtowns’ architectural fabric.