History of 463 Bluff Street
This stately frame Victorian residence has a “million-dollar view”. It was built by Henry Watson in 1898 on part of the property he had owned since 1881 where he had been quarrying limestone next to the river. Lucas Pfeiffenberger was the architect and the cost of the house was $2,950 plus the limestone foundation which Watson’s workers constructed. Henry Watson and his wife remained at their residence on Abby Street and never lived here. Edwin Dodson, manager of the New York Life Insurance office in Alton became a tenant about 1900-1903. Eugene B. Laverne, a glass blower, rented the house about 1904-1913 and moved out because he feared the house was going to fall down the cliff. A mining engineer, Ernest Prochaska and his family felt safe enough to live from 1914-1917. The Watson estate sold the house to Dr. Mather Pfeiffenberger and his wife, Hortense, who raised their children there. Ann, a grandchild, survived a 200 foot fall down the bluff and onto the River Road. When Hortense, who survived her husband, died in 1982, the home was sold to the present owners who restored it and added a continuous porch on the river side and on the rear, as well as a sunroom and enlarged kitchen. This magnificent home is in the Christian Hill Historic District.
Property Listing Description
Stunning bluff-top Christian Hill home. A wonderful blend of custom moldings, decks, porches, glass and modern conveniences to allow enjoyment of the river views from every room. A cook’s kitchen has recently been upgraded with high end appliances, main floor laundry, upgraded mechanicals, new roof, an elevator to the second floor – this is a must see home. 5 bedrooms and 4 baths provide ample space for family and guests. Listed by Vivian Moncktown of Paul R. Lauschke & Associates.