Mid-Century Modern St. Louis County

Modern STL Publishes First Self-Guided Modern Architecture Tour

by Michael R. Allen

Only a few months young, Modern STL has already hit the ground running to identify and promote the region’s modern architecture. Today Modern STL published its first self-guided architectural tour, encompassing Kirkwood, Crestwood, Oakland and Glendale in southwest St. Louis County. From Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kraus House to a grouping of Harris Armstrong-designed homes to several notable post-war subdivisions, the area is rich with mid-century heritage.

The tour is available both as a Google Map and as a two-page PDF for easy printing. Both are available here. Modern STL will be publishing other self-guided tours in the future. Any suggestions?

5 replies on “Modern STL Publishes First Self-Guided Modern Architecture Tour”

What is the exact (definition) range for mid-century buildings; do you start with post-war or 1945 or 1949? There are a few interesting buildings in Sappington that are circa 1940 – 1949.

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Modern STL’s time span starts with early Art Deco and streamline buildings in the late 1920s and ends with New Brutalism in the 1970s.

There are some great buildings in North County that I’d love to see covered. One of my favorites was always the one on Denness Drive at the end of Chambers Rd. It was always such a cool little neighborhood, but the house on the corner stood out. Also, I don’t know if it’s changed but the old Catholic church at Diamond and Chambers shaped like a half wheel was always very cool.

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