Update: When I revisited the property in the winter of 2023, construction had begun on a replacement house (fourth and fifth photos).
Someone must know the story behind this house just west of Boyle on Laclede. I was told what happened years ago, but now I’ve forgotten. There was a nice late Nineteenth Century house there, which you can see in the Google Street View photo below, but it seems to have imploded!
There are many beautiful houses to the west, in the style of the one that is now missing.
Even more weirdly, the owner tried to start rebuilding the house with cinder blocks. What the heck is going on here?