Update: This house is being carefully restored by a great family. Read my story at St. Louis Magazine here. See progress on the house in the fall of 2019. See Dr. Arzt’s grave in Bellefontaine Cemetery here.
The Franz Arzt House from 1876 is one of the most beautiful and pure examples of the Second Empire style in St. Louis, and one of only a couple of “free standing” or non-row house style houses in the Soulard. By the way, for German speakers, I was surprised by the spelling of the German-American physician’s last name as well; “Artz” in German is doctor.
But what is the deal with this place? It’s seems like it’s been in limbo for better part of a decade.
This strange addition below looks like it might date to when the houses was cut up into a boarding house.
But then why hasn’t it been removed? It wouldn’t be considered historically contributing.
Compton and Dry reveals that the garage/back house was built first. It looks like it might be occupied.