|Entering from the large wrap-around front porch, one of the first items of interest are the double
doors that originally hung in the front entry, but were badly weather damaged. After careful
restoration they were rehung on the inside of the entry vestibule and a new front door was hung in
their place. The front hall, with curved plaster walls and wainscoting, is presided over by a gas lamp
made of stained glass and believed to be original to the home.
To the left of the front hall is the drawing room, featuring a round 5’ diameter stained glass window
with beveled glass set in the center. An oak mantle and antique tile grace the unique fireplace. The
walnut trim was uncovered after many hours of hand stripping when the room was remodeled in
2003. The Victorian wallpaper, fainting couch, drum-table, Oriental rug, and various other
furnishings and decorations grace the room and give it a warm, inviting air.
Adjoining the sitting room is the dining room. A large antique oak dining table with eight chairs is
used for guests’ meals. Also present are an antique German punch bowl and cups on top of a drop
leaf walnut table purchased at the turn of the century by the Michael’s maternal grandmother as she
set up housekeeping. Over the drop leaf table is a cheery stained glass window that features a
number of prisms that fill the room with rainbows of color on sunny days. Under the window is a
picture of Jeanne’s family on her father’s side. The pictures above the plant on the opposite side of
the room are of the house. The top one is circa 1910, and still features the turret, reportedly
removed in the 1930s due to roof leakage. The bottom picture is from 1989.
Opposite the sitting room on the other side of the front hall is the library. This room features a
unique 6 register miniature upright piano and a bookcase stocked with some of the owners’ favorite
works. Above the piano is a semi-circular stained glass window on top of a four-foot square window
of beveled glass.
The Laura Ingalls Wilder room is located on the first floor, just behind the staircase. Named for the
famous Missouri author, this room features a king-sized bed, ceiling fan, decorative fire place, and
large bathroom including Jacuzzi tub. An antique dresser and a variety of lacy linens and antique
knick-knacks complete the décor.
The downstairs hallway features oak paneling and an original steam heat radiator. Impressively
massive newel posts, 10" in diameter and made of turned oak, begin the sweeping staircase.
Midway to the second floor the stair pauses on a spacious landing that features a stained glass
window damaged by the same dynamite blast that toppled the turret, and subsequently rebuilt.
The stairway leads to the upstairs hallway. Opposite the top of the stair is a wash stand with a
wheat pattern carved in the front. Next to the wash stand is an antique love seat upholstered in white
brocade. Three guestrooms open off the hallway, with a smaller hallway leading to the back of the
Straight across from the top of the stairs is the Mark Twain room, named for another Missouri
author of some repute. Featuring a queen-sized four-poster bed and antique dresser, this unique
room has windows facing east, south, and west with a view of the pool. The E. B. White room
adjoins Twain with a door between them. The two rooms may be rented as a suite, with a queen-
sized bed and twin-size day bed in White.
Across the hall the Louisa May Alcott room features a floral print wall paper, private bathroom with
shower, and bay-windows overlooking the brick driveway and neighbors’ gardens. The room is
furnished with a serpentine front dresser sporting a large mirror of beveled glass, several chairs,
and a queen-sized bed with walnut headboard.
|A relaxing escape to the gracious past!