GONE! Historic Home Auction

Beautifully Restored Home in Liberty’s “Jewell” Historic District

Built in 1898 and fully renovated in 2006, the 4BR/3BA home is the perfect blend of authentic charm and modern living. Original features were retained and restored as the home was rebuilt with new plumbing, wiring, windows, roof, 2-car garage & more!

Began: 03/29/13 at 12:00 PM CDT
Location: 456 E. Mississippi Street, Liberty, MO 64068
Began: 03/17/13 at 2:00 PM CDT
Ended: 03/17/13 at 4:00 PM CDT
Location: 456 E. Mississippi Street, Liberty, MO 64068

Began: 03/24/13 at 2:00 PM CDT
Ended: 03/24/13 at 4:00 PM CDT
Location: 456 E. Mississippi Street, Liberty, MO 64068

A beautifully restored historic home! Built in 1898 and completely renovated in 2006, the home is the perfect blend of authentic charm and modern living. Original features were retained and restored as the home was rebuilt with new plumbing, wiring, windows, roof and more. The result? Character you can’t duplicate in a new home; conveniences you don’t find in a historic home.


Main Level

The spacious main level features an open floor plan with high ceilings, large rooms and wonderful historic features.

Porch: A wrap-around porch provides welcoming curb appeal and adds an outdoor living space perfect for rockers and iced tea!

Entry: The foyer exudes charm with original built-in bench seating, double leaded glass windows, and refinished wood floors. The handsome main staircase is anchored by a sturdy newel and features double landings and a graceful bowed rail.

Living Room: With its corner fireplace feature, lovely large bay design, leaded glass windows and original hardwood flooring, the living room is perfect for entertaining guests or just relaxing. Original pocket doors with glass insets lead to the dining room.

Dining Room: Plenty of room for dining and gathering. Features hardwood floors, arched entry to kitchen and pocket doors to the living room.

Kitchen: Truly the heart of the home, the sprawling kitchen is ideal for the modern chef. One large island offers counter seating for four, a large apron sink and GE Monogram stainless steel dishwasher plus storage space. A second large island has loads of drawers and cabinets along with 6-burner GE Monogram gas range with pop-up exhaust. Corian tops on the islands complement butcher block counters along the back wall of the kitchen. Artful built-ins include bookcases, window seats with storage and glass-front cabinets and coordinated crown molding. Additional stainless steel appliances include GE Monogram convection wall oven, built-in GE Profile microwave, Whirlpool Gold side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with ice/water dispenser. Easy access to basement, back entry and back staircase.

Informal Dining: Light-filled space adjacent to the kitchen has room for a large table and/or other seating. Built-in furniture-style storage and in-wall speaker system.

Office/Den/Bedroom: (13×13) Tucked in the northwest corner of the main floor, with easy access to the back door and back stairs is a bonus room perfect for a ground level bedroom, den, playroom or office. Large windows. Original hardwood floor and charming bead board wainscoting.

Hall Bath: Pedestal sink with coordinated toilet. Antique clawfoot tub, built-in shelving and striking black/white tile floor.

Upper Level

Two staircases provide access to the upper level of the home. The main stairway features two landings (one with built-in seating), high ceiling and an unusual round window. A wide gathering area opens to four bedrooms, each with transomed doors.

Master Bedroom: (17×15) Large windows with wide blinds. Reclaimed hardwood floors with lots of character. Large walk-in closet with flexible shelving feature.

Master Bath: Dual vessel sinks with wall-mounted faucets, large custom-tiled shower with dual heads, full-body spray feature and seat. Tile floor.

Bedroom 2: (15×15) Essentially a second master, this large bedroom enjoys the signature Palladian window which features prominently on the front of the home. Ceiling fan, large walk in closet and direct access to the full bath.

Bedroom 3: (13×12) Ceiling fan, two large windows, walk-in closet, original hardwood floor. Access to laundry room and full bath.

Full Bath: Dual pedestal sinks, original mirrored medicine cabinets, antique claw foot tub, large tiled shower. Access from bedrooms 2 & 3 and hallway. Pocket door to laundry room.

Laundry: Deep sink, cabinets, shelving and space for side-by-side washer & dryer. Tile floor. Access to full bath and bedroom 3.

Bedroom 4: (13×10) Two large windows, hardwood floors. Would also make good office, craft room or play room.

Garage/Carriage House

Built in 2007 to complement the architecture of the original home.

Main level: Generous space for 2 cars plus additional storage. Dual Liftmaster automatic openers.

Upper level: Finished space with carpeted floor and accent lighting. Perfect for large office space, crafting, home schooling or a variety of uses. Heat and A/C wall unit.



In 2005 & 2006 the home was fully rebuilt by local restoration artisan, John Carr. While fully modernized, care was given to retain and restore authentic historic attributes wherever possible. Renovation highlights include:

  • New plumbing
  • New wiring
  • New windows (22)
  • New roof & gutters
  • New fixtures & appliances
  • Stripped and refinished woodwork
  • New porch, deck & patio
  • New bathrooms
  • All new and expanded kitchen with Corian counters, stainless appliances & built-ins
  • 2-level garage/carriage house built in 2007 (Garage investment = $62,000)
  • Professional landscaping and multi-zone irrigation ($25,000) incorporating original stone wall

A more detailed breakdown is included in the Property Information Package available for download in the “Documents” section on the upper right side of this page.



  • Fully renovated & rebuilt in 2006 (see “Renovation Highlights”)
  • Over 4,100 finished square feet
  • 4+ bedrooms; 3 bathrooms
  • Spacious chef’s kitchen
  • 2-car garage with finished room above
  • Front and back staircases
  • Basement with walk-up access to back yard
  • Large, professionally landscaped corner lot with multi-zone irrigation
  • Back yard with covered porch, bricked patio, stone terrace
  • Located in “Jewell Historic District”
  • Within walking distance of the vibrant historic downtown Liberty
  • Dual 50 gallon hot water heaters
  • Zoned HVAC with Honeywell enhanced air filtration system
  • One-year home warranty!



The home was originally built in 1898 by Dr. Charles L. Smith, Instructor of History and Political Science at William Jewell College. It was eventually purchased by William Jewell College and became known as “Cardinal House.” For more than 50 years it served as faculty offices as well as housing for honor students and Greek students. After sitting unoccupied for three years, it was fully restored and converted back to a single family residence in 2006.  


Note from the Auctioneer:

Few homeowners are fortunate enough to have local restoration artisan, John Carr, lead the renovation of their properties. Testaments to his outstanding work grace a number of Liberty’s historic streets. While the character of this gracious home is fully intact, the conveniences and amenities of a modern upscale home are plentiful. The owners have moved out of state and chosen auction to expedite the sale of the home to new owners who will cherish it as they have. The result is an unparalleled buying opportunity for you. Come see us at an open house event and bid your price on auction day!


CAN’T WAIT FOR THE AUCTION? Make an offer now! All qualified offers will be submitted to the seller for a response as they are received. Advance offers are subject to auction terms.



Registration will begin one hour before the auction. All bidders must provide name, address, phone number and a valid driver’s license. By registering, all bidders acknowledge having read and agree to be bound by the Auction Terms and Conditions.


The successful bidder(s) shall be required to make a 5% down payment of the total purchase price at the auction site immediately following the close of bidding.  Cash, cashier’s check or personal or business check will be accepted for the down payment.


Financing is not a contingency of sale in this offering. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that potential bidders ensure in advance that they are able to obtain the necessary financing to close the transaction.


The successful bidder(s) shall execute a purchase agreement at the auction site immediately following the close of bidding. All final bid prices are subject to Seller approval, unless announced otherwise. 


Buyer(s) shall close within 30 days of the auction date. Possession will be delivered at closing subject to any remaining rights of the current tenant(s).


Seller shall furnish at seller’s expense an Owner’s Policy of Title Insurance in the amount of the total purchase price and shall execute a general warranty deed conveying the real estate to the buyer(s).


2013 taxes are to be prorated as of the closing date.


Sale of said property is subject to any and all easements of record and any and all leases.


Cates Auction & Realty Co., Inc. and its representatives are Exclusive Agents of the Seller.


A buyer’s premium of ten percent (10%) shall be added to the high bid and included in the total purchase price to be paid by the successful bidder(s).


A commission will be paid to any properly licensed Broker who registers a successful buyer according to the appropriate Broker Participation Agreement. This form is available from the Auction Company and must be completed and returned no later than 48 hours prior to the auction.


The information in the auction advertising was obtained from sources believed to be accurate, but is subject to verification by all parties relying on it.  All sketches and dimensions are approximate.  No liability for its accuracy, errors or omissions is assumed by the Seller or the auction company. All bidders are responsible for conducting their own inspections, investigations, inquiries and due diligence concerning the property. The property is being offered on an “AS IS”, “WHERE IS” basis and no warranty or representations, expressed or implied, is made by the Seller or the auction company. All announcements made by the Auctioneer during the auction take precedence over any previously printed material or any other oral statements made. All information contained in the advertising and all related materials are subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the purchase agreement. Advertising may contain pictures of wildlife and other items that are for illustrative purposes only. The Auctioneer reserves the right to bid on behalf of the Seller up to, but not beyond the Seller’s reserve (if applicable). The Property is available for and subject to sale prior to auction.

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From Lightburne (33 Hwy), east on Mississippi to home at NW corner of Mississippi and Jewell.

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As seen from the William Jewell College campus On the corner of Mississippi and Jewell
As seen from the William Jewell College President's home Large wrap-around porch
Original stone wall Back porch Back patio Back patio 2-car, 2 story garage
Garage built in 2007 Pedestrian garage door Located in the "Jewell Historic District" of Liberty, MO Zoned HVAC

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