Farmhouse, Sunset Country Club

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The VonEime Farm became the Sunset Country Club when Eberhard Anheuser and Adolphus Busch bought the property around 1910.

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The farmhouse, from the 1850s, was stuccoed and became a dormitory for female country club workers.

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Sitting on Hadley Hill Road, there appears to have been some other structure near the farmhouse. The club house is on the other side of the property.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. samizdat says:

    Oooh, original copper lightning rods (…and those diamond-shaped replacement shingles, likely containing asbestos! Yikes!). Seeing that the site slopes away from the house (smart), I wonder if the deep eaves originally precluded the addition of gutters.

  2. James Middleton says:

    I always wondered about this house – I used to ride my bike on Hadley Hill Road, which is is just across Gravois from Hilltop Drive, where I grew up – Hilltop Drive itself is almost completely unrecognizable, since Sunset Hills ended at Gravois & where we were was unincorporated, thus UNzoned & thus, McMansions have taken over what was, until 80’s at least, a quiet, not-quite-country road.

    At the head of Hadley Hill Road used to stand a quite grand mansion which in our time belonged to the “Mill Hill Fathers” – a rest home for priests, which had the most fabulous rummage sales.]

    The House’s fancy gates vanished with the widening of Gravois in the late 70’s (approximate time?) & the house itself I think was gone by 84, when my mom sold our place…

    The St. Louis diaspora thanks you for your wonderful blog.

    James Middleton

  3. James Middleton says:

    Since you’re in the neighborhood, are you going to do Whitehaven? I never knew about it until after Ileft the area, & finally went to see it on my recent (July) visit to St. Louis.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      I have been there–surprised I haven’t snapped any pictures. Will do that soon.

  4. James Middleton says:

    p.s. – you said that “there appears to have been another structure near the farmhouse” – there was, quite close, catty-corner to its left. It looked to me like another house of later date. Surprised it’s gone.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Interesting…I guess they tore it down recently?

  5. James Middleton says:

    My recollection of it was that it was a more pretentious house, I I distinctly remember the farmhouse & the other as making a quite nice little courtyard.

  6. Alan says:

    Thanks for the post.

  7. Lisa Roderick says:

    There used to be a very large mansion there. Decedent’s of the Bush family still owned the property until the the early 2000’s Drove past a few weeks ago and shocking the mansion was gone.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Lisa, can you give me the approximate address? I’m interested in this. Do you know how old the mansion was that was demolished?

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