Historic St. Louis Homes, Stylish Huntleigh Homes

A Throwback Thursday You Can Own | 2724 South Lindbergh

Prominently situated on a 3.34 acre parcel in Huntleigh is the historic Brown Oaks Estate. The property is surrounded by a polo estate with views of the playing fields. The home is gracious with a sweeping staircase lit by a leaded & stained glass window on the landing.

The Living Room is expansive with wood beamed ceilings, built-ins, a fireplace & doors that lead to a screened porched that spans the entire side of the home.

The Dining is highlighted by richly carved built-ins with leaded glass and beamed ceiling. There is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath guest house with a deck. A rare opportunity to own a special Huntleigh estate.

Address: 2724 South Lindbergh 
Price: $1,700,000
6 Beds, 4.5 Baths
Living Area: 5,669 sq.ft.
Pr/Sqft: $299.88
Listed by: Ted Wight | (314)607-5555

The History

This property was part of the original grant to Stephen Maddox, which was broken up after his death by his widow Sarah, who died in 1870. The 1878 county atlas shows this owner as Lemuel C. Pardee, with 40 acres and a house.

By 1893, the land was owned by H. Harris, who, judging by the 1893 county directory, was Henry Harris, a farmer. Harris still owned the property in 1909, when the county atlas for that year also indicates a house. The tax assessor dates the present house about 1913, but that’s just a wild guess.

The Brown in the story is Alfred W. Brown (1887-1962), who in 1922 married Florence Forbes Funsten, born 1902. The Funstens were socially prominent, so perhaps more about the house can be found that way, but the Browns aren’t listed in the 1926 or 1939 Social Registers that we have in the office. Alfred and Florence sold this part of the property plus the lot just to the south in 1957 to Paul T. and Larue J. James.

They sold the south part in 1960 but this part, with the original house, in 1963 to Dutee L. Smith and his wife Geraldine M. Smith. It appears that Dutee quit claimed this property to Geraldine in 1991.
Esley Hamilton Former Historian for St. Louis County

One thought on “A Throwback Thursday You Can Own | 2724 South Lindbergh”

  1. kelly Crawford says:

    Doing my own research Alfred W Brown was the son of Sarah Warren Brown and Charles swing brown, his parents house was 2337 St Louis Avenue. Charles swing brown Alfred’s father died in 1932 January 5. His father was co founder of Hall & Brown wood working machine Co. Along with Gorham O Hall in 1877. Gorham Hall died in 1897 at which time Brown principal stock broker took over as president of the company.

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