St. Louis’ enduring legacy: a dispute between stone and wood

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DeHodiamont House. (Image courtesy of stlouis-mo.gov)

St. Louis boasts a vibrant history, and the title of “oldest building” is between two different constructions: Emmanuel DeHodiamont House: Built around 1830, this stone structure holds the title of St. Louis’ oldest extant residence.

Crafted from local limestone, it showcases early stone architecture in the rarely-seen Gothic Revival style. Bissell House: Believed to have been built in the 1820s, the Bissell House is a Federal-style structure made of wood and brick, previously home to veteran Captain Lewis Bissell of the War of 1812. These buildings reflect the city’s growth through stone while showcasing an earlier period of wooden construction.

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