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  1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood says:

    I could only imagine the pressure a house like that – or similar – must put on the soil! The footings must be immense!

  2. Tom Maher - Kirkwood says:

    I forgot – GREAT photos!
    When I was a student there in ’60 +/-, the color of the stone was nearly black from the years and many of the stonework details were virtually invisible.

  3. Jan says:

    Absolutely stunning details! This craftmanship is truly a lost art and you have some very nice photos here that allow the viewer to study these details up close. Thank you for sharing!

  4. RyleyinSTL says:

    The interior is just as interesting…did you go inside?

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      I have before in the past, but it wasn’t ope; you’re right, it is amazing.

  5. samizdat says:

    Many human hands were put to good, productive use on this building. As it pre-dates the mass-production of pneumatic powered hand tools by at least a decade, and electrical hand tools by at least two, most of, if not all, of the stone details on this house were hand-chiseled. It’s rather amazing that since they gained possession of it, SLU leadership had tried to raze it several times, and if not for largely the work of a single individual, this beautiful structure would not exist.

    SLU…same ol’, same ol’…

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      I agree, the craftsmanship is stunning, as well as the imagination and creativity.

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