Ever wonder why Loughborough is crooked at Gravois? We have your answer, and it has to do with the neighborhood’s history.
It all started in 1867. That’s when the Möllenhoff farmhouse was built. The family built the house to face east towards Gravois Road, which was then just dirt and gravel. At this time Loughborough didn’t exist, so orienting the house towards Gravois made the most sense.
Flash forward to 1904. That’s when the family sold part of the Möllenhoff family farm to developers. Because the house was not a part of the sale, it remained and Loughborough was built to accommodate the existing home.
The brick 1867 Möllenhoff farmhouse still stands today at 4960 Loughborough. You may have never noticed, but the house is oriented differently than other homes on the block, facing east towards Gravois instead of north. It’s difficult to tell because a northern entrance and porch were later added to the home. We guess this was probably after 1924 when the address became 4960 Loughborough.
To learn more about the Möllenhoff family and other historic facts about Princeton Heights, head over to our history page.