Tiny House in a Landscape

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape was submitted by Amanda Bretz.

This tiny dwelling is located on Morgan Street in the historic district of St. Charles, Missouri. There is a plaque located in front of the log cabin that says it was built by two German immigrants who were married at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic church in 1835. The plaque doesn’t specify the year it was constructed, but it stands to reason it was around 1835 since it was built by newlyweds.

Morgan Street Log Cabin

16 Comments Tiny House in a Landscape

  1. Amanda Bretz

    Hi Andrew, it’s nice to meet another St. Charles resident :)

    JT, I agree, this cabin is the perfect size.

    Diana, I have seen the little church also, I’d like to nab a picture of it next.

    Thanks again for featuring my photo Kent :)

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  2. Robert

    Amazing..approx 178 years old. Stiil Standing. Rain, Wind, Bad All the regions bad weather. Think about this my TH friends. No BIG architect to draw up plans. Story says it was built by two people. I doubt highly if they had Laptops, Blueprints and Electric Tools.

    JUST THINK WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY? What are you designing or building?

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    1. Corby

      Look at how long this lasted… If we could combine the best practices of all ages by approaching building techniques with an open mind, we’d be on to something. I often think of those old foundations and walls with patches and odd stones in them… I think we get into trouble only when we set out to build something to last forever and hope to never have to do much with it at any point. Our living spaces really are — or need to be — organic structures.

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  3. Dennis

    How many kids did the couple try to raise in that cabin?
    I will bet they had ten badies, maybe seven survived to adulthood.

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    1. Amanda Bretz

      Hi Dennis,

      I tried to dig up as much info on this little cabin and the folks behind it as I could, but there wasn’t anything on the web about it and the plaque in front of the cabin didn’t have a lot of information.
      But, I can tell you there is a window that can be seen from the side of the cabin that appears to be a window for a sleeping loft. I imagine they were able to raise several little ones in this cabin. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, but Laura describes the cabin her family of six lived in while growing up and it doesn’t sound much bigger than this.

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  4. alice h

    That is the perfect front porch for sitting and watching the world go by, greeting strolling friends, maybe churning the butter, doing a bit of mending or knitting.

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  5. Jessie W

    That’s my home town too! We live right up the street from this tiny cottage. I had no idea there were so many other tinyhouse fanatics in St. Charles.

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  6. Jane LeGrand

    Amanda-I live in NYC, but St. Louis is my home town. I couldn’t believe when I saw your perfect!,beautiful cabin;amazed it’s in St. Charles. How did you ever find it?
    Just got back from there, and my brother took me around to check out different neighborhoods.
    Of course, what I want is a cabin.
    Any suggestions on how to get started? Would love to be back home again,and out of nyc.
    Congratulations on your lovely place.
    Jane

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  7. Jane LeGrand

    thanks, Jane ,for your interest.
    I was determined to find my ideal log cabin, it didn’t take too much “renovation”; I’d be happy to respond re: other possibilities in St.Charles-I’ve found everyone on this site to be so helpful!

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  8. elisabeth in CT

    Adorable little cottage, perfect porch too – but I sure hope someone is going to take care of the ‘picturesque’ moss on the shake roof (unless it’s slate and I’m just not seeing it right)…Here’s hoping the honeymoon never ends, and it sees many more lovingly cared for years.

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  9. jose carvllho

    I am having a little cottage, Done in Tavira, Algarve…Portugal..will post some photos…Its ..100 Years old..And a sTONE Cottage..Love them…

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  10. Terrie

    Have been to the one room church in St. Charles MO. It was wonderful. It has an atmosphere that can’t be described. Holy, peaceful, serene, etc.

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