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The Dinsmoor House: Early Work of Charles Eames Is for Sale Near St. Louis

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    The brick patio outside.

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    Eames Chair and ottoman

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    The living room's fireplace has original Delft tiling.

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    The cabinets were modeled after those in the Oval Office.

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    An upstairs room.

Before he became a design force in modern architecture and furniture with his wife, Ray, Charles Eames formed a partnership with Robert T. Walsh in his hometown of St. Louis.

In 1939, Eames and Walsh designed the Dinsmoor House in Webster Groves, MO. Now, for the first time in over 40 years, this historic home is on the market for $619,000.

"The house is built like a fortress out of cement and steel beams. No rickety things," says listing agent Kim Paschen. The four-bedroom home is registered as a historic property, and the floor plans are filed in the Library of Congress.

The meticulously crafted house has intricate details such as the built-in china cabinets, which Paschen says were designed as a replica of those in the White House. In a photograph of President Nixon and Elvis Presley, the presidential cabinet can be seen over Presley's shoulder.

The same arch-shaped top is on the cabinets in the dining room of the Dinsmoor House.

Other unique touches in the home include the detailed crown molding, the broken pediment over the front door, and the Delft tiles around the fireplace.

The Colonial-style home is vastly different from the Mid-Century Modern homes Charles and Ray Eames designed a decade later.

"It's one of those houses you can really live in, enjoy, and entertain," Paschen says. "It has a very warm and comfortable feel."

Unlike many properties built at the time, it offers the modern convenience of large closets for storage, according to Paschen. There's also a screened-in walkout porch with a brick patio.

The home is the second built by Eames in Webster Groves (the other one, however, is not for sale). Paschen says the Dinsmoor House was so well-received it sparked a trend of Colonial Williamsburg -- style homes in the area.

Paschen says the seller, an older man, is hoping to find a buyer who wants to raise a family there as he did.

"I wouldn't charge a dime less because of how well-built it is, and because it's an important architectural gem," Paschen says. "I think it'll sell pretty quick."

After Charles and Ray Eames were married in 1941, they took the art world by storm in nearly all its forms, including architecture. Even if you haven't heard of them, you've probably sat on something they designed -- perhaps this lounge chair and ottoman:

The design duo seemingly made everything, from stretchers made of molded plywood, to low-cost furniture exhibited in the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Now's your chance to own one of Charles Eames' formative works. Meet you in St. Louis!