Emmaus Homes, Fall 2022

We swung by Emmaus Homes, which is now Chateau Hoffman, to see what was going on. It looks like there is a pause in renovation after the clearance of trees we saw back in February of this year. The first floor windows of the buildings have been secured, which is always a good thing when…

Emmaus Homes, New Lease on Life

Update: We went back in the fall of 2022 to see if there had been more construction. The site seems to have been mothballed. Bonjour mesdames et messieurs! Bienvenue au Ch√Ęteau 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…

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…