After almost two months of furiously painting, decorating and accessorizing, a group of St. Louis’ top designers soon will be ready to reveal the transformed rooms of the first-ever Ladue News Show House, located at 15 Washington Terrace in the Central West End. Beginning Oct. 15, the Show House will offer an opportunity for the public to see the work of those designers, while benefitting five local charities.

“There is an abundance of skill, talent and creativity in this city, and I’m so excited for everyone to see what the designers have done,” says Katie Holton, design chair of the Show House committee.

Attendees will have a chance to tour 18 different rooms spread throughout the 8,300-square-foot expanse of the 98-year-old Mediterranean-style villa, from the solarium to the butler’s pantry. The event, which celebrates LN’s 30th anniversary, runs for two weeks, through Oct. 30, with the mansion open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., with extended evening hours on Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Profits from the cost of admission ($20 advance tickets, $25 at the door, and $15 for groups of eight or more) will benefit nonprofits, including:

ST. ANDREW’S RESOURCES FOR SENIORS, which helps elders and caregivers with lifestyle options that allow them to stay happy and healthy as they age.

FRIENDS OF WINGS, an organization that provides free clinical and emotional support to children of all ages who are suffering from life-threatening or lifealtering illnesses.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF MISSOURI, which provides a refuge for neglected and abandoned animals while encouraging adoption and working to end pet overpopulation and abuse.

BRIGHTSIDE ST. LOUIS, a regional initiative that improves the local environmental landscape through various ‘cleaning and greening’ programs.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, which offers families with seriously ill children, who are being treated at local hospitals, a place to stay with the comforts of home at its three area locations.

The Ladue News Show House will feature the unique visions of talented interior and landscape designers coming to life amidst the historical details of a home built for Thomas May, director of May department stores.

“St. Louis has such extraordinary historic architecture,” Holton says. “One of the most rewarding aspects of this project has been in helping to preserve and showcase it through our designers’ eyes.”

For advance tickets, visit For more information about 15 Washington Terrace, which is for sale by Ted Wight of Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, call 725-0009.

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