A Moving Story: 11 Miller Place

June 10, 2012 , In: Residential Properties , With: One Comment

Here’s a special request for reader Christine, who asked about this neat old Ferguson farmhouse all the way from California. This place has been for sale since December, but for some reason, the listing agent has never posted interior photos. Too bad!

I live a few blocks away, so I stopped by in January and took plenty of pics. That’s because I know the history of this home, and I wanted to see inside for myself!

This is what 11 Miller Place looked like during the Victorian era, when Malcolm Miller and his wife, Lavinia, owned five acres in the heart of what’s now the Old Ferguson West national historic district:

Malcolm was principal at the Webster School in North St. Louis, and records indicate he built this house sometime around 1870, making it one of the earliest buildings in the area. After his death in 1911, Lavinia continued to live there until she also passed in 1921, and that’s when the story really gets interesting.

The Millers’ original property was bordered roughly by Carson Road, Clark Avenue, Florissant Road and Wesley Avenue. But in 1921, their land was purchased for the Miller Place subdivision and their house was MOVED across the neighborhood to its present location!

Some of the porches and back rooms were torn down. The distinctive Queen Anne facade was also modified to blend in with the new Craftsman-style houses being built nearby. But thankfully, the interior remained fairly well intact.

You can see that even today…  [nggallery id=9]

Does the house need work? Absolutely. Is the price a bit high? I think so.

But with soaring ceilings, elaborate woodwork and a fireplace in nearly every room, 11 Miller Place definitely reflects the grandeur of the late 19th century. And the location – a quiet street just one block from the Ferguson Farmers Market – is certainly hard to top.

If you’d like to tour this unique historical home, which has 3 bedrooms & 3 baths in 2,064 square feet, I’d be glad to show it to you! The current list price is $121,900. UPDATE: The sellers are now soliciting all offers! So name your price!

Shannon Howard
(314) 359-5927


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  1. Hey that’s my old house! I’m so glad to see photos of this ! I lived there in the late 80’s early 90’s. We found an old parasol that must have been from Victorian times, and old grocer magazines from the ’40’s There was no kitchen when we moved in, we had one put in. I had chance to meet later owners and she gave me a nice tour. I actually did all the detail painting on the fireplaces. It really is a wonderful house.

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