Frenchtown Historic District: 1314 N 3rd - St. Charles, Missouri
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N 38° 47.542 W 090° 28.694
15S E 719016 N 4296756
This house, almost buried behind plants, is an award winner. This structure in the Frenchtown Historic District is classified as C.
Waymark Code: WM18V7F
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 09/29/2023
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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County of building: St. Charles County
Location of building: N 3rd St., 3rd house S of Wood St., E side, St. Charles
Built: 1894
Architectural Style: Victorian Vernacular
Classified: C
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Frenchtown Historic District
1314 N. 3rd
Built circa 1894 by Otto & Augusta Hischke, Prussian Immigrants. The house has a Shotgun floorplan of brick made in Frenchtown on a raised foundation of locally quarried and cut "Burlington" Limestone.

The Victorian Vernacular has steamboat Gothic details: The exposed front gable rafters are supported by carved purlins. The front and right (street-side) gables have exposed and carved rafter tails. The arched top window heads have hand carved vines and flowers above flat topped windows and door transoms with applied molding on the double front windows. Flat sawn Redwood balusters and Polychrome paint are prominent features of the style.

The brickwork shows our local German design influences including cornice with stepped corners and dentils on the outside corners, segmented arched brick headers over the windows and doorways and also extensive brick sidewalks and patios. Sadly, the small brick smokehouse/laundry that was behind this home was raised as many in town have been.

The house fell into disrepair and in 2006 was condemned by the city as "unfit for human habitation." After a complete two year restoration that included a new addition on the back, the house was features in Better Homes and Gardens and St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles magazines and won the cities Garden Beautification Award.

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History of Mark:
"Built: c. 1910
Walls: brick
Foundation: Limestone
Roof: gable/hipped/asphalt
Architectural Style: Victorian Vernacular
Visit to site; 1869 Bird's Eye View; 1875 Atlas." ~ St. Charles Historic Survey  pages 168-169

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