“Stephanie was living in Overland, and I was in an apartment in Clayton,” Cash Gill remembers. “She wanted to move into the city, and I wanted more green space, so we compromised, purchasing our home in Compton Heights. We have been here just under a year, but we love this neighborhood.”
The five-bedroom, 5,800-square-foot residence where they settled is a classic revival home that retains much of the original historic charm from when it was completed in 1897 for St. Louis real estate lawyer and Civil War veteran Herman Haeussler.
An elegant port cochere with four graceful brick arches remains, where it has sheltered arriving guests for 124 years. The front porch features two Ionic stone columns that match two wood columns welcoming visitors in the ornately wood paneled foyer. Throughout, the home features hardwood flooring and extravagant millwork.
On the first-floor landing of the grand staircase, a stunning 10-foot-high, three-piece stained-glass window faces west and provides myriad colors that are briefly sprinkled throughout the stairway at sunset.
The high ceilings and windows, and the generous room sizes seemed to swallow the couple’s furniture, and they knew immediately they needed decorating help. “It looked like Barbie doll furniture,” Stephanie remembers.
Kourtney Smith and Mike Wyrock of Nistenhaus Design were hired purely based on the firm’s internet site. “I liked what I saw, and we did not want a décor with everything being a subtle tone and matching,” Stephanie says. “We told Kourtney to push us out of our comfort zone, and she did. We could not have done it without her.”