Strehly House / The Strehlys

Strehly House / The Strehlys (HM16ZD)

Location: Hermann, MO 65041 Gasconade County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 42.369', W 91° 26.375'

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Strehly House
This house combines the European half-timber construction with the local brick tradition. It is representative of the less affluent Germans who emigrated to Missouri in the early 19th century, survived frontier hardships, and prospered in the New World. Carl Strehly did well enough to add two rooms to his house, completing it in the 1860s.

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Timber-frame
A method of construction using jointed and pegged structural timbers filled in with nonstructural materials

Brick nogging
A technique in which brick is used as the nonstructural fill material in a timber-frame structure.

Plaster and lath
An interior finishing technique in which plaster is smoothed over a wooden support lattice.

Frame and weatherboard
An exterior finishing technique in which structural framing is covered with weatherboard.
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The Strehlys
On this site, the important radical journal Licht-Freund was published by Edward Muehl and his brother-in-law, Carl Procopius Strehly. Muehl, a freidenker (free-thinker), was opposed to slavery. His influential voice among Germans statewide helped Missouri to stay with the Union during the Civil War.

The Strehly house is noteworthy for its attached commercial building. In 1855, Carl Strehly went into the wine business, which the city council had actively encouraged since 1844. He built an addition that included a wine cellar, production area, tavern, and dance hall.

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Dance Hall
The upper floor of the winery served as dance hall and erholung (entertainment center), in the 19th century.

Wine Cask
The last-known carved wine cask in Missouri, this one is signed and dated 1875. It depicts Bacchus, god of wine.

Vineyard
In the 19th century, vineyards were interspersed among the houses in this part of Hermann. The vines still growing behind the Strehly House date from the 1850s.
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HM NumberHM16ZD
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Placed ByMissouri Dept of Natural Resources
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 7:29am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 635680 N 4285324
Decimal Degrees38.70615000, -91.43958333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 42.369', W 91° 26.375'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 42' 22.14" N, 91° 26' 22.50" W
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Area Code(s)573, 636
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 130 W 2nd St, Hermann MO 65041, US
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