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St. Charles City Council authorizes sale of local landmark

ST. CHARLES – After putting the Dunham Hunt House on the market more than two years ago, St. Charles has finally found a buyer for the oldest brick building in the city.

The St. Charles City Council this week authorized the sale of the Dunham Hunt House, 304 Cedar Ave., to Annette El-Sherif and Edward Snyder for $160,000.

Interim Public Works Director Peter Suhr said the city received six formal offers on the property, which was shown more than 50 times.

The buyers intend to restore the home to its former standards and live in for a few years before turning it into a bed and breakfast, Suhr wrote in an executive summary to the council.

Built in 1841, the Dunham Hunt House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a local landmark by the city.

It is believed to be the
oldest brick house in St. Charles.

It was originally owned by Bella T. Hunt, one of the city’s first settlers, and purchased by Jane Dunham in 1980, city officials have said.

Dunham turned it into a museum, which closed after her death in 1995.

The St. Charles Heritage Center reopened it as a museum in 1998.

The building was deeded to the city in 1986, Suhr said.

Aldermen directed staff to sell the property after learning the Heritage Center stopped offering programming there in 2010 for budgetary reasons.

City officials had said the two-story brick building needed an estimated $300,000 in repairs.

The property was vacant while listed for sale, according to the city.

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