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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 09:13 AM

A decades-long renovation returns a Midwestern palazzo to its original glory

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A decades-long renovation returns a Midwestern palazzo to its original glory
See inside the palace near Forest Park.

BY STEFENE RUSSELL AUGUST 16, 2018 4:00 AM


PHOTO BY ALISE O'BRIEN

Editor's note: This story has been updated to remove the address of the home.


When attorneys Mark and Patty McCloskey bought their home in February of 1988, it was the color of cigarette ashes. Still dirty from the days when St. Louis lay under a blanket of coal smoke, the home’s Carthage marble facing “had quarter-inch-thick carbon on it in some places,” Mark says. The two Carrara marble urns out front, copies of a pair at the Vatican, had turned black, obscuring Neptune and his attending dolphins. The imported Caen limestone in the entry hall had been painted battleship gray, and the intricate wood carvings in the dining room (which, as Mark points out, are so detailed, you can see the birds’ individual claws), were smothered in layers of white and robin’s-egg blue. What had once been St. Louis’ most dazzling mansion now felt more like a haunted house. It didn’t help that the first time Mark and Patty turned the key in the door, the temperature had fallen to 4 below zero and the house didn’t have a functioning furnace. The prior owner had heated the house with 48 kerosene space heaters that had since been removed.

The McCloskeys joke that they were too young and naďve to know what they’d signed up for. But 30 years later, the house is as magnificent as it was when Edward and Anna Busch Faust held court here, meeting guests at the top of the grand staircase for afternoon tea or smoking cigars around the billiard table in the sub-basement.

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PHOTO BY ALISE O'BRIEN


PHOTO BY ALISE O'BRIEN

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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 09:19 AM

1. This is THIS couple's house...

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 03:56 PM

6. I thought you were kidding.

Sheesh!

Money but no class.

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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 10:07 AM

3. They get an A for historical restoration and an F for humanity. nt

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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 10:51 AM

4. Is this ridiculously pretentious or what?!

Makes Highclere Castle/Downton Abbey look like a shack.

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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 12:40 PM

5. the inside of that armed couple's mansion is just villainously hideous

From Ragnar_Lothbrok, at [link:https://www.joemygod.com/2020/06/trump-retweets-clip-of-couple-pointing-guns
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https://www.joemygod.com/2020/06/trump-retweets-clip-of-couple-pointing-guns-at-blm/#comment-4972785784

the inside of that armed couple’s mansion is just villainously hideous


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