Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Historic Home in Ladue Is Yours for the Asking Barring Rescue, Storied Farmhouse May Soon Go Up in Dust

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Historic Home in Ladue Is Yours for the Asking Barring Rescue, Storied Farmhouse May Soon Go Up in Dust

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WANTED: Home for used farmhouse, circa 1850, several updates. Must relocate. Features include pegged oak floors, window seats, charm and history. Was setting for 1934 novel that won a Pulitzer Prize. Former owners probably include Peter Ladue, for whom the city is named. Free to loving owner.

The house in question is owned by Carl W. Burst III, who recently decided its charm did not compensate for its lack of conveniences. Nevertheless, he describes himself as sentimental and would be grateful if someone would move the house from 1600 North Woodlawn Avenue.

Burst and his wife, Mary Burst, have built a new brick house 20 feet behind the farmhouse. The city will require them to raze the old house unless a new owner steps forward.

John T. Williams, assistant to the mayor and city clerk, said, "We'll work with him insofar as we can. We are not going to clobber him. We understand their house has some historic value."

Carl Burst bought the house in 1980 when he was a bachelor. After marrying in 1982, he and his wife continued to live in the farmhouse until a few months ago.

Burst had wanted to restore the house, but because the inside had been substantially altered and he lacked photographs and drawings showing its original form, he lost interest. Instead of spending the $300,000 the Bursts figured it would take to redo the farmhouse, they decided to build a new house.

As the Bursts were completing construction, they met local historian Lynne Orgel, who is writing a book about Ladue's namesake, Peter Albert Ladue. She told them about the history of their old house.

Orgel's research shows that in 1853, Ladue bought part of an estate that had included the house. But the deed is unclear as to whether he bought the precise piece of land that the old farmhouse was on, Orgel said.

Ladue was a lawyer and a land speculator who owned much of what is now Ladue. …

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