SPRINGFIELD — The estate of an iconic Springfield family, the late Juanita K. and John Q. Hammons, has been sold to a Springfield couple.
The home sits on just under three acres in the Southern Hills neighborhood. Its new owners plan to restore the home, built in which was built in 1978.
John Q. passed away in 2013, and Juanita K. in 2014.
Retired MSU Athletic Director Bill Rowe was a family friend.
Since John Q. had a love for the university, and sporting events, Rowe would pick up Hammons at the home on 2450 S Skyline Drive.
He says the house has been empty since the great 2007 ice storm that paralyzed much of Springfield.
Hammons and his wife turned a temporary stay one of his hotels, into a permanent residency.
“He knew the hotel had backup systems at University Plaza Hotel. They had two suites up on the top floor, and that was 2007. They never came back to reside here. If I was the owner I’d go there too,” Rowe explains.
Kim Kaufman and his wife will now call the property on Skyline Drive home.
After being unoccupied for about 12 years, the house needs some repairs, but the Kaufmans are well aware of the history of it’s previous residents.
“We do feel the a sense of responsibility and heritage because of Mr. Hammons and what he has meant for this community. We are going to be extremely respectful. We are going to keep as much of the original architects intentions,” Kaufman says.
Restoring the home will take some work. Anyone who knew John Q. knew he had a strong work ethic. Just ask his old buddy Bill Rowe.
“I’d say, ‘I thought you left this work stuff at the office? He would laugh and say I’ve always got to be working on something,” says Rowe.
Kaufman has some inspiration to help guide his intent to keep Hammons’ heritage intact.
When items from inside the house were auctioned off, one piece of furniture was left behind inside John Q. Hammons home office.
“This desk, this is where Mr. Hammons probably consummated a lot of incredible deals through the years. That little bit of history, we are very pleased was left behind,” says Kaufman.
The property is brimming with character, inside and out. The Kaufman’s will take on the task of making this house, that belonged to a legendary Springfield family, a home once again.
The Kaufman’s declined to state what the price of the house was, but it has many amenities.
A little less than 5,000 square feet, the 4 bedroom home sits just off a small lake in the Southern Hills neighborhood.