Frederick Dunn

The Grace House, Designed by Frederick Dunn Hits the Market

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.

Recently a couple purchased the property to turn it into their home & art gallery. They kept the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ & preserved the walnut wainscoting. One of the pews provides seating at their 10-foot dining table. The kitchen has locally made walnut cabinets, granite counters, Thermador gas stove, refrigerator & dishwasher. The lower level features a large master bedroom, laundry/pantry, powder room & a master bathroom with walnut cabinets, marble-topped dual vanities & shower with marble surround.

If you don’t know about Frederick Dunn, you really should read more because he was an extremely influential and important player in the architecture world. Now would you believe me if I said that when Kirk and Mary Ostertag first saw the inside of the church, vines were growing through the windows, water was leaking in and it smelled of mildew?

“It was like a scene from ‘Jumanji,’ the movie,” Mary Ostertag said. “But my husband and I looked at each other, and we just smiled. We fell in love with it.”

Looking at it today you wouldn’t believe it, but its true. If you want to read the full story about the transformation, check out STL Today.

It’s listed for $285,000, and you can find out more here.

 

Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-607-5555, ted@tedwight.com