MCNAIR HOUSE (SPRUCE AND MAIN STREETS)
By the time Thomas Easterly photographed this crumbling French Creole home in 1865, it was already nearing its 100th birthday. Built in 1775, it later picked up the name McNair House in honor of its most famous resident: Missouri’s first governor, Alexander McNair.
The McNair House was built in a French colonial style called poteaux-sur-sole, which involved packing rocks, bricks, or earth between vertical wood posts. This construction is visible in Easterly’s image because most of the house’s plaster covering had fallen off long before. You can also see how the missing front porch and supporting columns left the overhanging roof to sag and how someone began covering the roof’s enormous holes with strips of scrap wood but gave up halfway through. The McNair House didn’t last much longer after this image was taken.
Beautifully positioned at the end of a winding drive, find a soaring contemporary residence that thoughtfully combines light filled living space with its serene 1.06 acre Sugar Creek setting. Through the 2-story entry, find gleaming hardwood floors, a seamless open floor plan, oversized windows, vaulted ceilings, dramatic windowed bays & open stairwells. A neutral palette artfully integrates the rooms & offers sophistication. Gather in the spacious kitchen featuring granite counter tops, Décor ovens & cooktop, Bosch dishwasher, center isle with breakfast bar, & adjoining breakfast room.
Master bedroom is on the main floor with walk-in in closet & master bath includes a Jacuzzi tub, separate shower & double sinks. Upstairs, find a 2nd bedroom next to an office which could be repurposed into a 3rd bedroom. The lower level includes a large family room, work out room, full bath with steam shower & ample storage space. Other amenities include a screened porch, Lennox HVAC, security system, sprinkler system, & 2 car garage.
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