Just Listed: 13360 Old Halls Ferry

April 25, 2013 , In: Residential Properties , With: No Comments


If I get one complaint from readers, it’s that I don’t post often enough. And I’m sorry! But there’s only one of me, and I’ve been super busy lately selling & showing houses. I’ve also been working on this brand new listing, which is so cool, I promise it will make up for my recent lag!!

It may look like a newer cedar home from the outside, but inside, HOLY COW! What you’ll find is actually TWO 1840s log cabins that were masterfully combined by urban archaeologist Jim Meiners to create one amazing modern home! If you’ve been to the City Museum, you’ve probably seen Meiners’ collection of artifacts found in old privies. Antique bottles, pipes, etc – all dug from beneath former outhouses.

Well, before Jim was a privy digger, he was passionate about salvaging old building parts and restoring historic houses. And this house at 13360 Old Halls Ferry in Black Jack was his premier labor of love.


He restored the original barn and cabin that had been on the property since the 1840s, then a few years later, he decided to salvage a second cabin from Old Monroe, Missouri, and find a way to use it as an addition. Meticulously numbering each log, he rebuilt cabin #2 atop a brand new foundation, creating a one-of-a-kind abode with more than 3000 square feet of finished living space.

The house now has four bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Also two separate basements and three staircases, including one with newel posts from the former St. Louis home of General William Tecumseh Sherman!


Nearly all of the floors were milled from walnut trees on the property, and every little detail in the house – from the windows and door to the locks and hinges – is authentically 19th-century, salvaged from an old building somewhere. When I say you have never seen anything like this, I mean it! This is truly an original work of art, designed by a master craftsman with a visionary spirit, and you will never find its equal!

But don’t believe me! Check out these gorgeous pics…

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13360 Old Halls Ferry sits on 7 private acres in a very sweet, rural section of North County. It comes with a three-car garage (complete with office & full bath), as well as a beautiful pool surrounded by incredible stonework and landscaping. I just listed it Tuesday for $425,000. 

If you’d like to arrange a private showing, give me a call!

Shannon Howard
(314) 359-5927

P.S. Guess who’s on Twitter now? Me! You’ll find the link at the top right of this page. With a little help from my sister Suzie, I plan to start tweeting my cool house Pick of the Day every evening.

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Shannon Howard

Realtor / Old House Specialist

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