Hand Knocker - Ravenswood - NW of Bunceton, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 49.379 W 092° 50.723
15S E 513421 N 4297144
Quick Description: Built in 1880, with additions in different architectural styles in 1908, 1913 & 1914. Unfortunately, tours are no longer available at this house.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 3/29/2022 7:16:19 AM
Waymark Code: WM15Z8V
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member prussel
Views: 3

Long Description:

County of mansion: Cooper County
Location of mansion: State Hwy 5, about 14 miles S of Boonville & 4 miles NW of Bunceton
Built: 1880
Architectural Style: Victorian Eclecticism (Both Italianate and 2nd Empire, & Folk)

Not sure if knocker is original (1880) or from one of the addition periods. But the knocker, of a hand with the palm striking the knob, is rather unique in my experience.


" ... The main part of the house is an Italianate built in 1880 which was designed by an architect. That part of the house is beautifully proportioned and classically elegant. ... " ~ Missouri Gallery


"Ravenswood," constructed in 1880, is a rare survival of an intact, late nineteenth century, wealthy Missouri farm residence. Outbuildings, including barns, stables, hired hand houses and sheds remain standing in a moderate state of repair and the 1,932 acres of farmland give an almost unparalleled view of the apparatus and workings of a late nineteenth century Missouri gentleman's farm.

"The 1880 house, with subsequent alterations and additions, is an example of Victorian high eclecticism, as evidenced by several architectural influences. The original house represented a fairly pure Italianate manner, as is shown in a print of the architect's façade elevation of 1880. A secondary influence is the "French Second Empire" style of the modified mansard roof." ~ NRHP Nomination Form


"Ravenswood, also known as the Leonard Home, is a historic home and farm and national historic district located near Bunceton, Cooper County, Missouri. It was built in 1880, and is a 2+1/2-story, eclectic Italianate/Second Empire style brick mansion. It has a low-angle Mansard roof covered with asphalt on top and grey, slate shingles on the slopes. Additions were made to the original house in 1907–1908, 1913 and 1914. Also on the property are the contributing summer kitchen (1869), the Tally-ho barn, the mule barn, a sheep barn, milk barn, carriage house, Manager's House, servants' houses, smokehouse, sheds, a garage, and a pump house." ~ Wikipedia

Functional door?: yes

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