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It takes a brave visionary to make big things happen in big spaces. Bob O’Loughlin is doing just that with his renovation—or better yet, reinvention—of St. Louis Union Station.
As we approach the holiday season, chances are, you may be feeling just a little bit of stress about entertaining at home. Don’t! All you need to consider is how you are going to make your guests feel welcome and special. To that end, it really doesn’t matter what you serve, but it is important what you serve it on!
How many times have you heard the claim, Washington slept here? This time, it rings as true as the Liberty Bell! The Morris-Jumel Mansion has a storied past—one that includes war, courtesans, untimely death and high-profile divorce.
Welcome to # 23 Lenox Place, a grand Edwardian-style home designed by renowned architect Guy Mariner. Built in 1904, the three-story house features restrained elements that were, at the time of construction, a major deviation from the over-opulent Beaux Arts period that was coming to an end. Along a private street in a coveted neighborhood, No. 23 is one of twenty-three homes that were built between the years of 1903 and 1906. Its most recent owners, Dr. Coy and Rachel Fitch, made this their home for the last quarter of a century, where entertained friends and family, as well as gathered with colleagues and community leaders to raise money for civic causes that were important to them. Now, take a deep breath and enjoy your step back in time, while each designer brings you aesthetically to the present.
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Alan E. Brainerd, Pam Hogg, Ken Gerrity
An enthralling read for any house enthusiast, The Architecture of Maritz & Young: Exceptional Historic Homes of St. Louis by Kevin Amsler and L. John Schott offers details of the lives and talents of the well-known dynamic duo architectural team.
Harold Dielmann, Millie Cain, Alan E. Brainerd, Ken Gerrity
As this city boy drove west toward St. Albans to view the French estate of a local executive and his wife, I felt in some way that this must have been what it was like for the early 20th century scions of business when they moved from the Central West End to the outer limits of Ladue in search of larger parcels of land in which to build their manse.
I am always amazed at people who can have a successful career for many years and then quite unexpectedly reinvent themselves in what appears to be an unrelated field. Could you imagine that a couple who owned and ran a biotech company for many years would become high-end property developers? Liz and Ron Gingerich are that couple. They took their problem-solving skills to a new level, the 17th to be exact, designing and executing the finish of one of the penthouses at Maryland Walk.
Show House publicity liaison Millie Cain, design liaison Alan E. Brainerd and volunteer liaison Lisa Malone
Living in St. Louis, it is easy to become blasé about many of the significant historical events that are part of our extremely rich heritage. While the world today has been made smaller—and in many ways, less remarkable—due to technology, hearken back to a time when citizens had to really earn and work to be considered remarkable or big.
John and Jenna Ottwell, Maria Clifford and Alan E. Brainerd
Don’t we all drive by certain homes and wonder, Who lives there? Or, perhaps even more interestingly, Who lived there? I certainly do! There is a home at the corner of Warson and Litzsinger roads that has always intrigued me—this is a house with a history!
How wonderful to be able to build a 25,000-square-foot home that can be used as a presidential retreat, host the royal family or just entertain luminaries of the day. That is just what Walter (1908-2002) and Leonore (1918-2009) Annenberg did in Rancho Mirage, Calif., building what is arguably the most significant contemporary home in the 1960s.
Alan E. Brainerd, Ellen Soule
As many of you know, I think of my books as my friends and feel that every person—no matter their background or station in life—should have a library, whether it consists of one bookshelf or a room full of custom-built cabinetry from floor to ceiling. When I travel, I always purchase books as a remembrance of where I have been and to use as reference for my design projects.
According to Merriam-Webster, the word ‘atheneum’ means a building or room in which books, periodicals and newspapers are kept for use. The Greeks included ‘arts’ in their definition, as well. So if you connect both definitions, the word aptly describes the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Arts.
Alan E. Brainerd, Millie Cain, Debra Hollingsworth and Mark Stacye
Jarmaine Migala, Alan E. Brainerd, Ken Gerrity
Perfection takes time, this Ladue family moved into this home five years ago. Their garden has it all: a pool, dining areas, seating surrounding a fire, and a large lawn for the kids—all enhanced by beautiful plantings.
This Georgian-style brick home is now operated as a decorative arts and history museum. No other home in the region boasts this type of fine craftsmanship.
The whole ‘green’ movement is finally catching up with the design industry here in the United States, with many architects and designers doing their best to be environmentally friendly with the materials they specify for a new home.
This is a story of a family home’s last surviving member, who set out to preserve his family’s example of a Victorian way of life to be enjoyed by others for years to come.