William Lyman Thomas married Catherine “Kate” Compton Sutton, daughter of James C. Sutton, in 1869. J.C. Sutton passed away in 1877. At some point after that William and Kate subdivided and began to sell lots from Kate’s inherited portion of land from her father’s estate. They named their subdivision, Ellendale, after their oldest daughter, Ella. I know. Go figure.
A survey made in 1881 shows that they had not yet subdivided their property. Kate inherited two tracts of land. One was 15 acres where they built their home. That house still stands today and is still located where it always has been. You’ll find it at 2637 Roseland Terrace. The fifteen acres is long gone. It has since been reduced to a fairly normal size yard for this era.
The other tract of 33 acres that Kate inherited except for 82/100 of an acre, falls outside of the boundaries of present day Maplewood. Nearly all of it is located in the City of St. Louis, southeast of the Missouri Pacific (in those days) railroad tracks. 9.48 acres are even located on the other side of the river Des Peres.
They called the subdivision, Ellendale. They called their home, Ellendale Home Place. All of the evidence suggests they had a long and mostly happy life there. They certainly should have. As you are about to see, it is a very nice home.
This is a detail of an 1881 survey that shows Kate’s portion that she inherited of her father, James C. Sutton’s farm. Courtesy of Martin Fischer.
This is the original housewarming invitation that the Thomas’ sent to celebrate their new home. Courtesy of Thomas family descendants.
A closeup of this beautiful building.
I’m always interested to see what is on the backs of these things. They seemed to recycle a lot.
I took the rest of these photos when the home was for sale during an open house the realtor had in 2014. This is the front southern elevation. The front porch was changed somewhere along the line.
The eastern elevation with this very interesting second story porch.
Walking in through the front door you enter a central hallway with this beautiful staircase with the octagonal newel post.
To your right (East) is this parlor and on your left is the dining room. Both have these magnificent sets of pocket doors still in place. Above the doors are unusual wooden transoms. They must have once been able to slide back into the walls for ventilation.
The mantelpiece in the eastern parlor. It was seen in an early photo of the Thomas family a few posts back. I suspect it is slate.
Not to be outdone, the dining room has this very attractive mantelpiece.
A passthrough from the kitchen to the dining room.
All of the pocket doors are in good operating condition. The style of woodwork of all of the doors in the house is the same as seen here.
An ornate lockset in one of the pocket doors.
Very thick molding.
Magnificent walnut handrail.
The view from the staircase landing.
As a person who has studied traditional woodworking I can attest that wood does not bend like this. It had to be carefully shaped from solid pieces. No easy feat.
At the top of the stairs.
This simple mantelpiece is in one of the bedrooms upstairs.
This one is a bit more decorative. Must have been in the master bedroom.
View from an upstairs bedroom.
The combination window/door to the porch on the second story.
I have concentrated on historic details. The home has a very nice modern kitchen recently redone. It also has numerous attractive bathrooms. Now there is a question for you. Would it have had a bathroom in 1881? I don’t know the answer to that one. I hope you enjoyed this look inside what is our most historic home.