Modernist treasure hits the market in Calverton

A couple years ago, when I took a group of local architecture buffs on a tour of North County, there was one house that absolutely blew them away. They were impressed with Ferguson’s big old Victorian homes, of course. And they loved the pre-Civil War sleeper tucked away on Bascom. But it wasn’t until we arrived at 1230 Hollins that they really went nuts!

Hidden away on 2.6 acres in the back corner of Calverton Park, this striking modernist home is not only rare for NoCo. It’s also unique among the many mid-century dwellings scattered throughout St. Louis.

Built in 1962 by Dr. Eugene Ebel, a pediatrician who practiced in North County from 1954 to 1986, the house features a dramatic zig-zag roofline and a front facade covered in volcanic rock. Sprawling over multiple levels, it mingles seamlessly with the natural surroundings, embodying a fusion of styles that can only be called modern organic.

Architect Jon Mac Goy designed the home, back when his office was still located at 1360 Old Florissant Road (now Elizabeth Avenue). His original plan called for a second story with a flat roof and a traditional, somewhat Spanish-inspired style, but for reasons unknown, he eventually embraced the current atomic look.

Kelly Mazzacavallo, who has owned the home with her husband, Duane, since 1989, says the “folded plate” roofline sometimes reminds her of a Howard Johnson’s hotel, but the natural light that it brings in is absolutely beautiful. She and Duane are only the second owners, having purchased directly from Dr. Ebel, and they’ve strived to keep the house as original as possible over the years.

But you can see that for yourself….


1230 Hollins is currently for sale by owner at $329,000. It offers 4-5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3,200 square feet and 2.61 acres. For more info, visit this website.

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