Category Archives: St. Louis County

Harwood Hills: A Preservation Challenge

by Michael R. Allen I provided this essay for the brochure that was distributed at Modern STL’s Harwood Hills House Tour on May 19, 2013. The brochure used to market Harwood Hills epitomizes the claims that drove St. Louis’ mid-century … Continue reading

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Finding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in St. Louis

by Michael R. Allen Our city’s enduring legacy to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. consists of the renamed Veterans Memorial Bridge (built 1951, renamed 1968) and the several-miles of combined Franklin and Easton avenues (renamed in 1968). The bridge is … Continue reading

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Lewis and Clark Branch Library Threatened

by Michael R. Allen In my capacity as President of Modern STL, I just sent out the following call to action. As we near the November 6 election, the demolition threat to the Lewis and Clark Branch remains. (Read up … Continue reading

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Architect Robert Elkington’s House

by Michael R. Allen Since the summer, the mid-century modern residence designed and occupied by architect Robert Elkington has sat on the market for sale. But now, the house is under contract — and its future is as uncertain as … Continue reading

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The Schweiss House: Bernoudy-Mutrux’s Parallelogram Dwelling

by Michael R. Allen The Schweiss House, located at 4 Daniel Road in Ladue, is one of two diminutive houses on geometric modules completed in 1952 by the master modern firm Bernoudy-Mutrux. The other house is the triangular Pinkney House … Continue reading

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Garden Chapel Work Day on Saturday

From Modern STL: The Garden Chapel (Church of the Open Word) 1040 Dautel just north of Olive in Creve Coeur is planning a outdoor workday on Saturday, July 14, starting around 6:00 a.m. until noon depending upon the heat and … Continue reading

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Isadore Shank’s Limberg House Demolished

by Michael R. Allen Fifty-two years ago, Charles Limberg and Suzanne Shapleigh moved into their new home at 22 Fordyce Lane in Ladue. Their two-story home spread out horizontally across a sloping site largely disrupted by construction. Red brick, plate … Continue reading

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Brownhurst and the Logic of the “Campus”

by Michael R. Allen Last week, St. John Vianney High School demolished the venerable Brownhurst mansion in Kirkwood. The demolition was no surprise, given that the Marianists had set September 9 as the date for a “serious” buyer who would … Continue reading

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Two Houses by Isadore Shank

by Michael R. Allen Two weeks ago, the Sheldon Art Galleries kicked off the St. Louis end of National Preservation Month with a tour of four houses designed by Isadore Shank. Shank (1902-1992) was one of St. Louis’ most masterful … Continue reading

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“We Knead Your Dough”

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