Oftentimes, when an historic home is converted to a multi-family, it loses a lot of its charm. Thankfully this stately Clifton three-family is an exception. Built in 1893, it was reportedly home for about 18 years to second generation beer baron John Moerlein (son of Christian Moerlein) and his wife. Though the Moerleins were actually the property’s second owners, they’re credited with finishing the place after its original owner ran out of money. When both Moerleins passed away, says current owner Ron Steinhoff, nine of the home’s original ten acres were developed into 16 additional home sites.
In the 1960’s, the structure was converted into a three family and its grand staircase was removed, says Steinhoff; when he and his wife, Kathy DeLaura, bought the place in the late 1980’s, they reconfigured the building’s layout and had the staircase rebuilt. They also maintained many of the home’s precious original features, including colorful stained glass windows and beautiful inlaid wood floors in multiple rooms.
Other cool features we’re thrilled they saved include an oil-on-canvas wall mural in the dining room that Steinhoff suspects dates back to Moerlein and a fireplace surround whose eight decorative tiles tell the story, in sculptural images, of a boy’s life as he grows from a child into an old man.
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