Save This Old House: Missouri Queen Anne
This former symbol of success is primed for an attentive old-house buff
Location: Appleton City, Mo.
Contact: Clint Powell, Country Wide Realty, 660-492-5473
The history: This rambling early-20th-century Queen Anne was a symbol of success for teacher-turned-entrepreneur William B. Stout. After the railroad came to town in 1870, Stout saw big potential for growth in his small agricultural community. Ten years later, with just $350 in capital, he opened a grocery that he ran for more than five decades. In 1907, at age 53, he put his earnings to work building this house for himself, his wife, Lena, and his son, William Jr. It remained in his family until the 1990s.
Shown: This 3,000-square-foot home is located a block from the small town's main street. The front porch retains its corbels, turned posts, and decorative pediment but needs restoration.
Why save it? The sturdy four-bedroom, two-bath home has its original pine trim, wood floors, staircase, and many other interior details. Extensive dentil moldings and intricate corbels and finials decorate the exterior.
What it needs: Bank-owned since 2005, the house needs new plumbing and wiring, as well as some structural work. The painted metal siding is peeling and conceals the original wood shingles. Appleton City, a quaint town of 1,127 located 85 miles south of Kansas City, offers lots of charm and opportunities for recreation in the nearby Ozark Mountains. All it's missing is a newcomer to put the polish back into one of its most gracious old homes.
An arch frames the front parlor's bay window.
The home's original newel posts are typical of the simplified late-Queen Anne woodwork found inside.
An upstairs bedroom features a marble fireplace with a cast-iron summer front.