A house designed not by a desire to conform to a type but by the particular living accommodations the owner wanted. The house built into the rock of a Mississippi River bluff was the project of architect Beverley Nelson of St Louis. In 1939, the house was built on the site of an old quarry and commands a view of the river as well as wooded hills. On the river side the house is three stories high, on the land side, two. The walls on the top story are wood, of the intermediate story, brick, and of the lowest story of which is below ground, rock. There are four master bedrooms.