Save This Old House: A Missouri Greek Revival
A couple's plea to TOH readers to save their neighboring 19th-century Greek Revival in Lexington, Missouri
Published July 2012
Location: Lexington, Missouri
Contact: Welcome Home Realty, 660-259-2700
Dear This Old House,
Even when the work hasn't gone as planned, we've gotten a lot of pleasure out of fixing up the 1849 house we bought three years ago here in Lexington, Missouri. Now we're hoping someone will snatch up this 1840 Greek Revival in our neighborhood and give it some TLC. The two-bedroom house—once owned by a U.S. marshall appointed by President Lincoln—still has the original features that made it a knockout; the classic center hall, the front door with sidelights, and the fine walnut millwork are just a few examples.
Shown: The 1,840-square-foot two-bedroom Greek Revival is located in a national historic district. Its center hall and symmetrical floor plan are typical of the house's style.
No doubt restoring it will take some serious elbow grease. The house needs structural work, and the brick exterior should be repointed.
Inside, the walls, ceilings, floors, and woodwork are in pretty bad shape. And new plumbing and mechanical systems are a must. It's a lot to take on, but, as we learned, a project like this can reap many rewards.
Shown: The front parlor retains an original mantelpiece that will require some sprucing up.
Lexington is a tranquil river town with a slow pace of life. There are plenty of golf courses and fishing spots nearby. And our neighbors are some of the friendliest people we've ever met. We hope the next owner of this house will take pride, as we do, in living in an area that This Old House recently named to its 2012 Best Old-House Neighborhoods list.
Jim and Judy Sokolik
Shown: The staircase off the center hall leads to the two upstairs bedrooms.
The kitchen retains its stone walls, exposed wood ceiling beams, and a working fireplace; like kitchens in many of the area's 19th-century houses, it's in the walk-out basement on the lower level.