Take a drive out Highway 79 in St. Charles County and you’ll not only find a beautiful landscape with sweeping views of the Mississippi. Eventually, once you cross into Pike County, you’ll also discover 50 Miles of Art.
This innovative collaboration between the towns of Clarksville, Hannibal and Louisiana has resulted in a 50-mile corridor along the river where dozens of artists and craftspeople now live and work. Each city holds regular studio tours and special art events. Louisiana even welcomed a 20-acre sculpture park affiliated with St. Louis University that showcases a number of well-known artists.
50 Miles of Art appeals to creative types, of course, because the cost of living is much cheaper in small towns. They can work among like-minded people and still wind up with more space than they ever imagined. Like, for example, an entire church.
Built in 1868 as the First Methodist Episcopal Church, this sprawling building in the heart of Louisiana’s National Register Historic District also served as city hall for a while. These days, it’s a super cool private residence that makes me want to pack my bags and move. It’s like a loft, but better, since you get wide open spaces AND intimate spaces, plus a two-car tuck-under garage.
Just imagine the possibilities! And it’s only a few blocks from the riverfront and 90 minutes from St. Louis…
Listing courtesy of Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s, (314) 607-5555. More photos and info available here.
If you’d like a buyer’s agent to show you this unique, move-in ready home with a HUGE 41′ x 38′ great room, I’d be happy to help!