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Parkview Home Featured In New York Times

Listed with 2 others in "Great Homes and Destinations" section

The dining room of the Parkview home features elaborate stained glass windows, like most rooms in the house. photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
July 27, 2011
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The gracious circa 1910 home in the Parkview neighborhood that Peggy Droege and her sister, Tina Offner, call home got a little national publicity recently.

On July 13, the house, which is listed for sale by Richard Hart of Daniel B. Feinberg Real Estate Co., was one of three residences featured in the New York Times' "Great Homes and Destinations" real estate section under "What You Get For… $800,000."

6200 McPherson Ave. was built in 1910 by Phin and Annie Kimball. photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
In the article, a regular feature written by the Times' Mike Powell, the Parkview home shares billing with a circa 1740 residence in Chestertown, Md., and a contemporary home in Norwich, Vt. – all comparably priced at about $800,000.

The historic Parkview neighborhood is located west of Skinker between Delmar Boulevard and Washington University, bordered to the west by the Centennial Greenway. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005.

This particular Parkview home at 6200 McPherson Ave. in the City of St. Louis was built in 1910 by its original owners, Phin and Annie Kimball.

"Annie Kimball had graduated from Washington University School of Architecture," said Droege. "She did a lot of the architectural design."

The stained glass windows in the home might have an interesting history – one that Droege is still investigating.

"I saw something on 'The History Detective' about an artist who had done designs for Tiffany," said Droege. "One of the pieces was just like the window in our stairwell."

This stained glass window features a schooner sailing off into the sunset. photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
That window, featuring a schooner on the ocean, is a favorite of Droege's.

"It's facing the west, so when the sun sets to the west, the sun in this art glass sets and the schooner sails right up," she said.

Selling the family home is bittersweet for the sisters. Their parents, Robert Renard and Elizabeth Ebbs Renard, bought it in 1963, and raised eight children there. It has been in the family ever since.

Droege's father served in the U.S. Navy, and the family moved around the world for many years before settling for good back in St. Louis.

When Droege and her siblings first saw their new home they were "just ecstatic," said Droege. "It was wonderful. We all had our own rooms! It's a big house, but it's a very warm house.

Peggy Droege, left, and her sister, Tina Offner, with their dogs Nina and Sonny. photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
"My folks had 12 grandchildren, and many of them pretty much grew up here," she said. "I moved up here with my folks when my dad got ready for retirement and shared the household with them. It's breaking our hearts to sell it, but none of us really have the wherewithal to keep it up in the manner it should be."

To read the "What You Get For… $800,000" New York Times feature, visit www.nytimes.com and search the title of the article. To learn more about the Parkview neighborhood, visit parkviewneighborhood.org/parkview.

"Parkview: A Saint Louis Urban Oasis 1905-2005" is another good source of historical information. The book, written by Mary Henderson Gass, Jean Fahey Eberle and Judith Phelps Little, is available through Virginia Publishing, www.stl-books.com.

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