Pacific officials say they have no plans to repair water damage at the Hoven/Mayle house, 115 E. Osage, which the city purchased as a possible history museum site.
City workers discovered standing water in the kitchen area of the house April 23 due to a water pipe burst. According to MIRMA, the city’s insurance carrier, water had been leaking since Feb. 24.
In denying to pay for damages, MIRMA reported that city coverage did not apply to damage caused by mold or by repeated seepage, leakage or flow of water that occurs over a 14-day period.
“The damage is largely confined to the kitchen floor and cabinets,” Mayor Jeff Palmore said. “I am not sure where the estimate for repairs originated (actual estimate or a city guess). Currently there are no plans for repair.”
Palmore said he does not know what it would cost to repair the damage.
“I do not remember what the estimate was,” he said. “Sorry.”
The mayor added that the house is for sale, but not listed with a real estate agent.
The city purchased the Queen Anne-style house from David and Janet Hoven in 2011 for $195,000 with the intention of moving the city museum there from the former Wolf residence at 206 W. Union.
At that time, the city was in talks with the St. Louis Archdiocese to sell the Wolf residence and property, which included Lots 70, 71 and 72 of the original town of Pacific, for use by St. Bridget Catholic School for $153,000.
The Hoven house has been recognized as one of the best preserved of the historic Queen Anne buildings that once dotted the city.
The two-story structure is known locally as the home of former auto dealer, mayor, marksman and Renaissance man Clarence Mayle and his wife Gertie.
Mayle acquired the house when he bought the property on the southeast corner of First and Union streets in 1915 from B. A. Henderson.
Henderson sold cemetery monuments and had built a house with a shop at the rear that he used for his business.
The Mayles lived in the house and Clarence used the shop for his auto business until 1925 when he purchased lots on Osage Street from Albert Koppitz. He then moved the house to the new location.
According to his cousin, the late Eloise Mayle, workmen started the move Monday, April 6, 1926, and on Tuesday, a week later, the house was relocated to its final resting place. The Mayles lived in the house during the move.
After the sale of the Wolf residence to the Archdiocese fell through, the Father Edward Berry Council Knights of Columbus bought the house and lots and moved its headquarters from Buscher Road.
Plans to move the museum to the Hoven house were abandoned and the museum collection was placed in storage.
The city made several attempts to sell the Hoven house, but following a closed session during the Dec. 18 board of aldermen meeting, then Mayor Herb Adams reported that the city received no qualified bids for the sale of the house.
A city committee studied using the house as a combination visitor center, history museum and gift shop, but that plan was not implemented.
Several realtors signed agreements with the city to list the property for sale, but no serious bids were received and it has sat empty.