Suspicious Fires Week: The Old Wood Frame House, Marine Villa

This house might not look like much, but it is a very old, historic house that dates back to at least the 1870s, and I suspect from its form, is much older than that. It appears in Compton and Dry’s Pictorial St. Louis, and as can be seen below, sits out in splendid isolation, and predates the platting of streets. It could have very well been the original property owner of the land of this portion of the St. Louis Commons.

Detail of Plate 11, Compton and Dry’s Pictorial St. Louis, 1876, Library of Congress.

It was a part of a cluster of several wood frame houses that were built back when this far out in the country, and the owners probably engaged in rural employment.

Later, Greek Revival houses on this 3900 block of Missouri began to be built, such as this sadly abandoned home below.

Nearby on Alberta Street, there are other houses that appear in Pictorial St. Louis.

Detail of Plate 31. Compton and Dry’s Pictorial St. Louis, 1876, Library of Congress.

This house below is sadly abandoned, and is not properly secured from intruders.

This half flounder is clearly seen in the view of the area.

In fact, the two dormer windows are clearly seen.

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