March 10, 2017

Preservation Personals: Missouri Mansion Seeks River-Loving Residents

  • By: Jared Foretek

Between my all-brick, Greek Revival exterior and the millwork, moldings, and hardwood and marble floors, I’m not sure if I’m a better sight from the inside or out.

I look great for over 160 years old. My low wall and Corinthian columns are the height of stately refinement. Then there’s my fenced yard to the side and large patio in front, above which my transom windows just invite visitors inside.

Built in 1850, I’m part of the Highland Avenue Historic District. In 1860 the Elizabeth Aull Seminary School moved in, staying until 1902. Once you get here, you’ll understand why I’ve been featured in Kansas City Home and Gardens Magazine.

So let’s check out the interior. I’ve got six bedrooms each with their own full bath. But first you’ll enter my two-story front hall with marble floors and beautiful 30-light chandelier. It’s the first hint of all the opulence to come. The curved staircase goes to the second floor, but let’s head to the dining room, where you’ll find intimate oak floors and a fireplace with columned mantel framing.

Another one of my seven fireplaces can be found in the living room, where two large windows flood the space with natural light. Situated close to the Missouri River, the views are beautiful, and thankfully my rooms have plenty of windows to enjoy them.

My kitchen is also something to behold. The angled island seats six and has suspended custom, cherry stained cabinets overhead. Of course, the meal prep here has changed quite a bit over the years. Luckily for you I’ve been updated with all the modern appliances, like a built-in refrigerator and convection oven.

Finally, when you're upstairs in my master bedroom, you'll love the floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace and a sitting room for relaxing and getting away from it all.

I could go on, but at 7,000 square feet (I haven’t even mentioned the elevator ... yes, I’m that big!), there’s a lot more to check out right here.

Missouri Greek Revival Exterior

photo by: Rick Bradford

Lexington, Missouri 64067.

Missouri Greek Revival Kitchen

photo by: Rick Bradford

My angled island can seat six.

Missouri Greek Revival Piano room

photo by: Rick Bradford

I feature both hardwood and marble flooring.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

jforetek@savingplaces.org

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