History of 1723 Pennsylvania


The house located 1723 Pennsylvania is quite an impressive structure with its cut-stone exterior, corner turret, and 4,757 square feet of space. Besides the 3 fireplaces, intricate woodwork, stunning stained glass, this home features a recreation room on the 3rd Floor w/ 13 foot ceilings, hidden wall safe, & secret trap door through one of the bedrooms floors. After a inquiry into its history from an old friend, I decided to start exploring the backstory of the home and its original owners.

In August of June of 1893, Auguste B Ewing sold the lot located 1723 Pennsylvania to Ernst Gaier. The structure on the lot upon this sale is unknown as the home that still impressively stands today was constructed 5 years later.

Recorder of Deeds

Ernst Gaier was born September, 21, 1847 to Michael and Marian Gaier. The son of a wealthy family, Ernst studied in Stuttgart, Germany before setting his sights on the millinery business (design and manufacture of hats) which he pursued and excelled at for his entire life. Seeking new adventures, Ernst set sail across the Atlantic for the America eventually settling in St. Louis.Ernst Geier

It was at the corner of Fourth and Pine streets that Mr. Gaier established his wholesale millinery business with fellow milleriner Mr. Stroh. The location changed with success from this original location to the Boatmen’s Bank building and on to the old Armory building. After the passing of Mr. Stroh, Ernst formed a stock company and changed the name of Gaier & Stroh to Gaier, Stroh, & Company in honor of his late partner.

In 1875, Ernst married Miss Lena Keller, daughter of Christian and Maria as well as the Fatherland. Ernst and Lena had two children; Amelia and Charlotte who stayed with their parents at their home on Pennsylvania. Ernst was regarded as a highly successful businessman with memberships in the Liederkranz Club (considered the most exclusive social club among German-Americans in St. Louis) and the Turn Verien (German Gymnastic Movement).

On January 23, 1906, Ernst passed away and his wife stayed as the owner of the property until 1933 when she deeded it to her daugher Emilie (Amelia) Sifel, wife of HB Stifel who kept the property until 1937 where, as a widow, she sold the home to G. Gundolf. 

Current Listing:
Elegant Restoration of Cut-Stone Home boasting 4,757 sq ft of Old World Charm. Grand Entry Foyer features Historic Woodwork & Period Lighting. Walk through Living Room w/ Refinished Hardwoods and Stunning Fireplace & into Dining Room w/ Ornate Built-in Hutch. Comfortable Rear Family Room w/ Adjoining 1/2 Bath opens to Sizable Kitchen boasting Original Tiled Floor, Marble Countertops, & Plenty of Cabinet Space. Take Staircase past Intricate Stained Glass & onto 2nd Floor Landing before entering Inviting Rear Master Suite w/ Double Closets, Adjacent Sitting Room, & Full Bath w/ Double Vanity, Separate Tub/Shower, & Heated Tile Flooring. Laundry Room, Marble-walled 2nd Full Bath w/ Clawfoot Tub & Original Tiled Floor, & 2 Spacious Bedrooms complete this level. Head up to 3rd Floor for 2 Additional Bedrooms, Large Recreation Room w/ 13’ Ceilings, & Roughed-in Plumbing for 3rd Bath. Spacious Lot on Quiet Street w/ No Cut-through Traffic & Off-street Parking.

Saint Louis Realtor Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Dan Brassil, Real Estate Broker/Salesperson with Circa Properties, has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

“My team and I really focus on making every clinet experience a positive one,” remarked Dan Brassil.  “We exist because of our clients, and we remember that every day.”

This is the third consecutive year Mr. Brassil has earned the award.

“Only about 5 percent of the Real Estate companies in Saint Louis have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Dan Brassil transferred in real estate back in 2009 after purchasing his own home and discovering the confusing world of real estate transactions. He quickly became convinced that there had to be a better way to get people into great houses. Since then, he has been committed to helping clients find the home of their dreams without the stress and worry the process usually entails

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, his passion for real estate and in-depth knowledge of the St. Louis market makes him an invaluable partner. His focus on finding the perfect match between person and property helps buyers find their dream home in a neighborhood they’ll love, and helps sellers get innovative marketing techniques that bring interested buyers to the table.


 Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

The Best Times to Buy or Sell a House

When are the Best Times to Buy or Sell a House?

I am often asked this question by potential clients and I have typically answered with Spring months followed by those in the Fall.

Now that we are starting a new year, let’s take a look at some of the data available from the National Association of Realtors from 2014 on the most popular listing days, dates, &  months.

Most popular in 2014

  • Dates for listing homes: April and May
  • Months to launch listings: April, May, & June
  • Days of the week: Thursday and Friday

Least popular in 2014

  • Months to launch listings: November & December
  • Days of the week: Saturday & Sunday




St. Louis City Public School Buildings For Sale

There are currently more than 2 dozen St. Louis Public School Buildings hat are no longer in use and available for sale. These properties could be great redevelopment projects with the right vision and deep pockets. There are already a few examples of conversion of former public schools in to apartments and lofts.



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4415 Margaretta
Ward 21
Penrose Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1964
Gross SF: 16,419
Acreage: .87
List Price: $107,000

Ashland Branch was closed in 2009.  The building is modern, but was built to conform with the historic surroundings of the neighborhood.  The layout would seem to ideally position the facility for a commercial or institutional use.


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8724 Halls Ferry
Ward 2
Baden Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1908
Gross SF: 59,188
Acreage: 2.7
List Price: $414,316

Historic building designed by W.B. Ittner.  Eligible for Historic Tax Credits.  Located Near City/County Boundary.  Great site for housing or commercial reuse.


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2840 Samuel Shepard
Ward 19
Midtown Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1940
Gross SF: 47,896
Acreage: 1.15
List Price: $574,752

Modern facility located in Midtown on the north end of the Locust Business District; adjacent to Lucas Heights Apartments.  This property could be reused for commercial, residential or institutional purposes.


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3616 N. Garrison
Ward 3
JVL Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1904
Gross SF: 175,077
Acreage: 3.4
List Price: $350,000

This Ittner designed building was previously approved for LIHTC and Historic credits, but the developer was unable to close.   Ideal site for multi-family housing or institutional reuse.



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1020 N. Union
Ward 26
Academy Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1907
Gross SF: 62,671
Acreage: 1.63
List Price: $564,039

Historic School in the Academy Neighborhood.  Good frontage along Union with park and athletic field across the street.  Located just north of Delmar with commercial areas nearby.


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4352 Louisiana
Ward 25
Dutchtown Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1915
Gross SF: 235,285
Acreage: 10.6
List Price: $2,352,850

Large building with approximately half of the acreage undeveloped.  Numerous possibilities, with a large, historic building, as well as vacant land along Grand Ave.  Incredible opportunity for mixed-use redevelopment.




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5935 Horton Place
Ward 26
West End Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1964
Gross SF: 73,590
Acreage 2.87
List Price: $450,000

Large, modern building in the West End Neighborhood.  Good candidate for an institutional reuse.


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4242 Grove
Ward 3
Fairground Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1898
Gross SF: 51,380
Acreage 1.44
List Price: $256,900

One of W.B. Ittner’s original designs, this building is listed on the National Register.  Ideal for housing, assisted living or medical facility.

EUCLID SCHOOL – Under Contract

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1131 N. Euclid
Ward 18
Fountain Park Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1893
Gross SF: 35,757
Acreage: .93
List Price: $214,542

Historic building across the street from a newer elementary school.  Ideal for reuse as housing.  Shopping is within 2 blocks.  Located just north of Fountain Park.





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1615 Hampton
Ward 24
Year Constructed: 1873
Gross SF: 27,474
Acreage: 2.86
List Price: $412,110

Historic school formerly used as the SLPS Archives.  Located near the intersection of Manchester and Hampton, this building could be converted to a variety of uses.


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2931 Arlington
Ward 22
Wells Goodfellow Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1931
Gross SF: 69,579
Acreage: 2.86
List Price: $347,895

Historic school with many possibilities.  Located in residential area, site could lend itself to a residential or mixed-use.



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5872 Minerva
Ward 22
Hamilton Heights Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1907
Gross SF: 73,765
Acreage: 3.28
List Price: $110,000

Located in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood.   Could be mixed use due to its location, it is located near an east-west arterial and has good visibility.



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815 Ann
Ward 7
Soulard Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1907
Gross SF: 61,946
Acreage: 1.59
List Price: $836,271

Historic Lafayette School in Soulard Neighborhood.  Frontage along South Broadway.  Perfect for a residential, hotel or other commercial reuse.




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7417 Vermont
Ward 11
Patch Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1910
Gross SF: 43,983
Acreage: 1.55
List Price: $417,839

Historic building, ideal for residential reuse.  Easy access to I-55 and Loughborough Commons.


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4342 Aldine
Ward 4
Ville Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1900
Gross SF: 49,896
Acreage: 2.82
List Price: $424,324

Located in the historic Ville.  Ittner design, listed on the National Register.  Located 2 blocks from Rankin Technical College.  Could be mixed use due to its location, its southern boundary is on an east-west arterial.  Smaller, modern overflow classroom building included in sale.


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4160 N. Kingshighway
Ward 1
Penrose Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1928
Gross SF: 31,375
Acreage: 4.3
List Price: $324,700

Historic building designed by W.B. Ittner.  Eligible for Historic Tax Credits.  Within 2 blocks of I-70 & Kingshighway interchange.  Could have mixed or commercial use due to traffic count and acreage.


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3450 Wisconsin
Ward 9
Marine Villa Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1906
Gross SF: 61,998
Acreage: 2.66
List Price: $619,980

Ittner designed school.  Located in the Cherokee Street district, just west of the Lemp Brewery.  Ideal site for mixed, residential or commercial reuses.  Please note that the SLPS has decided to make an additional 2.66 acre lot available to the purchaser of the Shepard School.  This adjoining acreage is available for an additional $200,000.00 and would bring the total site to approximately 5.2 acres.



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3942 Flad
Ward 8
Shaw Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1899
Gross SF: 52,638
Acreage: 1.13
List Price: $789,570

Sherman School is located in the heart of the Shaw Neighborhood.  This property is a great candidate for an institutional reuse or as a conversion project.   Please check back soon for floorplans and additional information.


Simmons school

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4318 St. Louis Avenue
Ward 4
The Ville Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1899
Gross SF: 87,542
Acreage: 2.66
List Price: $612,794

Historic school in The Ville Neighborhood ready for redevelopment.  Located along St. Louis Avenue, the property consists of the school and attached gymnasium on over 2.5 acres of land.



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5750 Lotus
Ward 22
Wells/Goodfellow Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1967
Gross SF: 73,320
Acreage: 3.2
List Price: $450,000

Modern building located with good visibility on major north-south street.  Good candidate for residential, commercial or institutional use.


turner middle school

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2615 Billups
Ward 4
The Ville Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1940
Gross SF: 49,768
Acreage: 1.9
List Price: $497,680

Turner Middle School (formerly the Stowe Teachers’ College Building) is located along Tandy Park in The Ville Neighborhood.  This school has an art-deco type design and large auditorium and gymnasium spaces on the first level.  This property is a great candidate for institutional re-use or redevelopment for another purpose.

turner branch

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4215 W. Kennerly
Ward 4
The Ville Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1925
Gross SF: 31,009
Acreage: 1.29
List Price: $155,045

Turner Branch School was formerly known as the Turner Open Air School.  This historic structure is in the heart of The Ville Neighborhood, just north of Tandy Park.  It is a good candidate for redevelopment and could accommodate a variety of re-uses.




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2127 N. 11th

Ward 5
Old North St. Louis Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1908
Gross SF: 65,745
Acreage: 1.6
List Price: $657,450

Historic building in Old North.  Visibility from I-70 and proximity to revitalized 14th Street commercial district and new bridge landing provide a myriad of possibilities for this historic structure.


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4092 Robert
Ward 12
Boulevard Heights Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1952
Gross SF: 30,832
Acreage: 3.7
List Price: $369,984

Modern, 50’s design.  Possible residential reuse.  Additional options would include medical offices with adult day care or a residential elderly care facility.  Building could be removed and the acreage utilized for new construction.

Walnut Park 

walnut park

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5814 Thekla
Ward 27
Walnut Park East Neighborhood
Year Constructed: 1909
Gross SF: 57,281
Acreage: 3.26
List Price: $575,000

Historic school in the Walnut Park East Neighborhood.  Lends itself to a variety of reuses.  Currently under option with a kickout clause.

If These Walls Could Talk: Researching the History of Your Home

Photo courtesy of St. Louis Public Library

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Monday, January 12 at 7:00pm

St. Louis Public Library – Schlafly Branch
225 N Euclid, St. Louis 63108

Learn about the history of your home with Dennis Northcott from the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center. Mr. Northcott will show you how to research the history of your home, and provide specific examples from the Central West End and other St. Louis neighborhoods. See what discoveries can be found about your home and its former residents in old maps, directories, census records, historic photos, and more.

Holiday Tree Recycling

Happy Holidays from DanBrassil.com

Looking to be a little “greener” this year in getting rid of your Holiday Tree?

You are in luck as Saint Louis City is encouraging residents to take their Holiday Trees to one of 3 places to be recycled.

Why choose recycling?
Your trees will be recycled directly into mulch which you or other residents can take home free of charge!
A better option than trying to fit it into the alley yard waste recycling containers

Trees may be dropped off at:

  • Forest Park (Lower Muny Opera parking lot)
  • O’Fallon Park, (West Florissant and Holly, picnic grounds No. 4)
  • Carondelet Park (Grand and Holly Hills in area between gate and recycling containers)

Before dropping your trees off, make sure they are free of all decorations and not inside any plastic bags that may have been used for transport.

The city recycles 16,000 to 18,000 trees per year!


The Sustainable Backyard Tour


June 22nd, 2014
11 to 4 p.m.

What is the Purpose?

The goal of the SBYT is to provide an opportunity for neighbors to meet each other and see firsthand how others are transforming their yards from energy intensive lawns to something more sustainable.  


The Sustainable Backyard Tour began as a simple 6-yard tour of chicken coops in the neighborhood surrounding Home Eco in 2010. In 2011, the owners of Home Eco and Isabee’s worked together to create the First Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour, featuring 30 yards throughout the city and county showcasing a variety of elements, from organic vegetable gardening to goats. In 2012, with the help of some amazing volunteers, the tour expanded to include 54 stops and some 1300 registered guests. The tour has received great support from the community and the public every year since!

Each year we attempt to refine the tour by identifying and selecting yards that are proximally located, ideally within walking distance, believing that it is easier to get started on your own yard when you can see examples of backyards that are similar in size and style, and share the same microclimate, resources, and ordinances.


The concept of the Sustainable Backyard stresses converting unproductive, high-maintenance lawn and pavement into something more useful and restorative―both to the earth itself and the human spirit.

A sustainable backyard offers the opportunity to provide food for our families, wildlife habitat, relaxation and visual appeal, all while minimizing impacts on the environment and the communities in which we live.

Sustainability means a way of life that has the capacity to endure.  Unsustainable doesn’t mean just environmentally irresponsible, it means unable to continue. Our fossil-fuel dependent way of life, particularly our industrial food system, can not continue forever. The sustainability movement addresses what we do instead.



If you plan on attending, click here and they will let you know when the map is ready and how you can get it.

If you can volunteer to be a yard docent, for even part of the day, click here and go behind the scenes!

Historic Victorian Home in Gravois Park

Just finished showing this beautiful home to a few of my clients.

Built in 1883, it is a Historic 3-story Victorian home in Gravois Park. Featuring 5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, the home boasts hardwood floors throughout and even a Jefferson Walk Out Window. While it appears someone tried to rehab some of the home, it was never finished and certainly has the potential to be restored to its former beauty. At $79,990, I don’t think this one will last that long on the market.
One of the pictures in the gallery below features some writing dated “1886”.

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Free Electronic Recycling Day

Have used electronics you need to get rid of?

Free Electronic Recycling day

Take them over to the UMSL South Campus Parking Lot SS (next to the Music Building) at 8001 Natural Bridge Road on Saturday, May 31st, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

They are collecting working and non-working equipment at no cost to St. Louis County Residents, It can be electric o battery powered. They will even take old batteries! There is a limit of one TV per car at no charge and all additional TVs are $15 each.