Emmaus Homes, New Lease on Life

Bonjour mesdames et messieurs! Bienvenue au Château Hoffman! OK, jokes aside, anyone in the preservation community–or anyone in the wider community in general–who has a problem with the Hoffman Companies buying up real estate in western St. Charles and eastern Warren counties has to tell me what their plan was for redeveloping the old Emmaus…

Former Marthasville Seminary and Emmaus Homes, Spring 2021

Update: The property has been purchased and is being renovated into a hotel as of the winter of 2022. Fast forward to the spring of 2021, and the Emmaus Homes are vacant, and due to a recent auction of the property are in the hands of a new owner. The bridge over the creek that…

Former Marthasville Seminary and Emmaus Homes, Winter 2016

Update: The Emmaus Homes moved out shortly after these photos were taken, but the property has been purchased and is being renovated into a hotel. See it the spring of 2021. As of the winter of 2022, it was being renovated into a hotel and winery. We went out to visit the old Emmaus Homes…

Dickhaus-Stemme House, Daniel Boone Grave

The Dickhaus-Stemme House sits within a short walk of Daniel Boone’s Missouri grave. It’s a great example of Greek Revival architecture in a rural setting. The friendly owners have begun to assemble a group of buildings around the house. Their Facebook page tells about their projects. And here is Boone’s grave; controversy still surrounds where…

The Case of the Mysteriously Vanishing Rock Piles

Update: The stones were moved to the winery, and a small memorial was built with stones from the church on the former site in Rock Hill. I covered the shameful desecration of Rock Hill Presbyterian last year, and a friend and I drove out to see how progress on the reconstruction was going.  It turns…

Rock Hill Presbyterian, Slightly Disassembled

Update: The rock piles have vanished, and no sign of a church being rebuilt at the winery. A small memorial made of stone from the church were built on its former site in Rock Hill several years later. Alerted by a reader of this site, my father and I ventured out to rural Warren County…