This eight-bedroom mansion in Missouri that used to house a speakeasy during the Prohibition era has hit the market for $2.25million.
Located on one of the most historic streets of St. Louis, 15 Portland Place boasts of combining both the feeling of being in the countryside and living in the heart of the city – only a short walking distance from Central West End and Forrest Park.
The current owner, who is unnamed, states that ‘virtually every historic component is still in place’, including original silk cloth walls, intricate crown moldings, embellished ceilings and hand-painted detail throughout the house.
Built in 1895, it would later become an entertainment hub during the Prohibition era when the spectacular mansion’s basement served as a speakeasy for those looking for an illegal tipple.
The impressive mansion at 15 Portland Place in St. Louis, Missouri, has a combination of modern installations with historic features including original silk cloth walls
The property has been described by listing agents as a ‘historical gem that has unparalleled architectural designs that cannot be replicated today’. Here is one of the living room spaces
A backyard oasis (right) leads out to a private pool, with plenty of room to lay around and lap-up the sun
A movie room has a large cinema screen to kick-back and relax inside. Multi-leveled flooring also allows for multiple guests to enjoy a screening all together
The grand staircase has a large cathedral ceilings at the top, as well as stained glass windows and a crystal chandelier made by the Waterford company. The renowned crystal craftspeople handmade this design for the ‘home’ as a thank you for letting them stay there at short notice
There are a total of seven bathrooms, which consist of four full and three half bathrooms, spread across three of the mansion’s floors. Leading off one of the master bedrooms (above) there is a double sink, full bath, tub and separate shower
If walls could talk: the basement where during the Prohibition era a speakeasy was ran. This was during a time when alcohol was believed to be the root cause of all societal ills and immoral action, which led to a blanket ban
The home is described as having classic features that cannot be replicated. In addition there are also some modern installations too, such as a pool room above
Nowadays the 12,000 sq ft home, while keeping its historical roots also features modern installations including a built-in pool and spa, a movie room, an expansive patio leading onto a backyard oasis and a three-car garage.
Inside an impressive grand staircase, which leads to all three levels of the home, is a ‘mesmerizing ceiling’ and stunning stained glass windows.
Hanging at its center is a large Waterford crystal chandelier, which was handcrafted by the renowned crystal craftspeople as a gift.
After hosting the Waterford family at the ‘last minute,’ around three months later a large parcel containing the handmade crystals arrived.
He explained: ‘So every owner of the home since then has said “this chandelier was a gift to the home and not to the family,” it’s one of the most remarkable pieces of the entire home.’
The modern-yet-traditional home is a ‘historical gem that has unparalleled architectural designs that cannot be replicated today,’ according to listing agents Brueggemann Real Estate team through Keller Williams.
The home also has seven bathrooms including one off the master suite which has its own double sink, full bath, tub and separate shower.
There are eight bedrooms in this sprawling property, all located on the upper two floors. They are large enough to fit a sizable bed, a full-room carpet, a fireplace, drawers and more, yet there is still plenty of room
A separate dining area (above) features some of the home’s original silk cloth walls, along with a large table and modernized ceiling. There is also an eat-in kitchen
One of the luxurious living spaces in the house. This one features several fur-rugs and a large couch. The room is decked in laminate wooden flooring and features a modest faux-fireplace
There are eight bedrooms in the property. One is seen above which has many original features such as the fireplace
The spacious and private backyard area has a lovely oasis, a large pool with a diving board and also a three-car garage
The ginormous mansion is located on a 12,000 sq ft plot meaning there is plenty of room to entertain
Another of the property’s eight bedrooms, which is lined with a large rug on top of wooden floor. The home is currently listed for $2.25million
There are seven bathrooms in the property, one like the above is located behind one of the beautiful stained glass windows and also has a high ceiling
This eat-in kitchen has plenty of space to prepare a tasty meal for guests along with all the modern day appliances
One of the mansion’s smaller bedrooms, which is decked-out in a dark and autumnal colors. The bedrooms are split among the top two tiers of the mansion