Clayton Terrace, a subdivision in U. S. Survey 2675, with the northernmost strip in Section 13, Township 45 North, Range 5 East, was platted on May 18, 1923 (St. Louis County Plat Book 18, pages 24 and 25). The owner was McKelvey Construction Company, Inc., William H. Smith president. On July 1 of the same year, McKelvey sold nine of the 23 lots in the subdivision to George E. Felix (Record Book 945, page 234). Felix was a vice president of McKelvey Construction. He and his wife Edith sold Lot 10 on September 4 to Fred L. Suhre and his wife Lena M (Book 911, page 490). The deed specifies that Mr. & Mrs. Felix lived in ‘the City of Webster”, so there was probably no house here at that time The cost of the 2.47-acre lot is not given, but nearly a year later, on July 5, 1929, the Suhres borrowed $15,000 against the property, and presumably the present house was built at that time.
The 1930 county directory shows that the Suhres were living off Denny Road south of Conway Road, a typical listing for a rural location. By the 1940s, the house was listed at 10 Anderson Drive, Clayton Post Office. Originally the streets within the subdivision were named Anderson, Smithton and Alvey Drives, but in 1947 the City of Frontenac was incorporated, and about that time, the street names were dropped in favor of the subdivision name and lot numbers.
Gracious, European-styled estate in Frontenac built with a loving testament to craftsmanship. This incomparable home was built in 1928 when Lindbergh Boulevard was still called Denny Road. The home is a classic with terrazzo floors, massive carved fireplace, ornamental ironwork, imported Italian fountain in the sunroom, Art Deco light fixtures & ornate plasterwork. The expansive Living Room features coved lighting, wood-burning fireplace & carved columns and leads to a newer, wood-paneled family room addition. This light-filled room features a wet bar, vaulted ceiling, wood floors & doors that lead to the patio. The elegant Dining Room has an adjacent sunroom featuring a impressive Italian ceramic fountain. The master bedroom suite has a newer Master Bathroom featuring a marble tiled shower, separate tub, dual vanities & 2 commodes. There is a bright kitchen with plenty of cabinets & a breakfast room with a bay window. The tennis court makes the property feel like your own country club.
Come back later to read about the history and the important people that lived here.
QUICK FACTS: Address: 7400 Hoover Price: $539,900 3 Beds, 2.5 Baths Lot Size: 0.129 Acres Living Area: 2,600 Sq. Ft. Pr/Sqft: $207.65 Listed by: Ted Wight, Dielmann Sothebys International, 314.607.5555 or Ted@TedWight.com
You will love this newer home located in the Award-winning Clayton School District. Captain Elementary is ranked the 5th best elementary school in Missouri!
This charming home was built in 2008 and features 2,600 sq. feet of living space with 3 bedrooms & 2.5 baths. The home boasts windows galore that make this home light, spacious and bright. A gracious covered front porch enables you to have a cup of coffee & catch a breeze. The Living Room and Dining Room with a bay window are charming.
The kitchen is spacious with a gas range & a center island. It opens up to a family room with a gas fireplace. The main floor Master Bedroom is large and bright with a full bathroom, walk-in closet & laundry room. There is also a tiled sunroom/mudroom off the back of the house. Oak hardwood floors throughout the home.
The upstairs features 2 good-sized bedrooms, 1 full bath & a den that could be easily changed into a 4th bedroom. The lower level is large & ready to be finished.
When the elderly and the disabled constitute a third of the United States population, occasional entry ramps don’t cut it: universal design seeks to shake things up.
“It’s absolutely not grab bars,” says Colleen Starkloff, founder of the Starkloff Disability Institute, with a kind of vehemence. “Universal design is design for everyone.”
According to Starkloff, universal design is a term coined about 30 years ago by an architect named Ron Mace, who contracted polio as a child and subsequently grew up as a person with a disability. The world, he found, was a very difficult place for those with a mobility disability. So when Mace became an architect, he set to work on state building codes to make new builds accessible. He was still unsatisfied, though: “What he began to think about was the fact that, if we continue to design special bathrooms and a ramp here or there, you’re going to still be stigmatizing the design for a particular group of people,” says Starkloff. And so universal design was born.
Universal design is rooted in aesthetic: the idea is to make a design that is accessible to everyone—from those with disabilities to children to the elderly looking to age in place—without it being overtly “accessible.” It’s not temporary fixes such as a ramp, which, as Dana King, lead designer at Next Project Studio designer remodeling firm, points out, “you think of uninstalling when you don’t need it anymore.” A ramp would be considered “accessible,” and is, according to Starkloff, “an afterthought.”
According to the United States Census, 19% of the population, or nearly one in five people, have a disability, with nearly half of them reporting a severe disability. The Census also reports that 15% of the population is over 65, and, thanks to the baby boomer generation, that number continues to climb. That’s more than a third of the population that could use a cleaner, more functional design, which doesn’t even take into account those who could find themselves (even temporarily) with limited mobility at any time. “If you think about designing a space from the beginning so that everyone can use it,” says Starkloff, “then you start thinking design differently.”
Consider this: you walk up to a beautiful house, right from the street to the front door without ever stepping up. Inside, the colors are dynamic and full of cool contrasts. In the bathroom, the tiled shower is massive—you can just picture how easy it will be to hose off kids and dogs after a frolic in the mud—and it’s blissfully without a curb that you’d inevitably stub your toe on. Overall, the house is gorgeous and you’re in love with the design. What you don’t notice is the extra space on either side of the toilet to allow for a lateral transfer from a wheelchair, the slightly wider doorframes, the lack of thresholds, or the heat-resistant surface within arm’s reach of the oven.
The house has been built for everyone. Seamless walkways and doorways, curbless showers, and spacious toilet areas all allow those with mobility issues (including aged populations) to maneuver spaces with ease. The high contrast color palette allows those who are legally blind to discern parts of the house by color and approximate shape. “If you learn about the functional movement patterns of people with disabilities,” says Starkloff, “you can design a space that no one would know would be usable by someone with an obvious disability.” Not everyone has the knowledge to create these designs, though: King, for example, has taken the time to become certified in Universal Design to provide the broadest options for her clients without sacrificing the aesthetic.
Design, at the end of the day, seeks to make a space comfortable and useful. “What matters,” says Starkloff, “is how well can you use this space, and—this is important—how attractive is it?”
QUICK FACTS: Address: 6 Princeton Ave, University City Price: $1,050,000 4 Beds, 5 Baths Lot Size: 0.33 Acres Living Area: 4,000 Sq. Ft. Pr/Sqft: $262.50 Listed by: Warner Hall Thornhill, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314.239.4993
I recently saw this home on the Benton Park West website, and thought that the contractor did a great job rehabbing this home. If you weren’t aware, this area is experiencing a huge influx of rehab projects throughout.
LRA (city owned) properties are great investment opportunities for those seeking to use historic tax credits. Historic Tax Credits allow investors to earn back up to 45% of qualifying rehab expenses to make large profits off of these homes. Not only are you improving St. Louis neighborhoods, but you are getting in on an investment with returns that are only increasing. If you want to learn more about how this works, mosey here. I located this listing on Zillow if you are interesting in it.
The building’s cornerstones proclaim its origins; it was built under the aegis of the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works as Project No. 8609. No architect is named, but William C.E. Becker is listed as “Engineer, Bridsges and Buildings”. Inside it featured a massive main gymnasium, a 25 meter pool, and many other sporting and athletic facilities.
Clad primarily in brown brick with carved limestone detailing and ornament, the building’s massing is Gothic, with a pair of castle-like turrets guarding the entrance, but it also sports a strong Art Deco influence in its massing and detailing, with dozens of vertical piers demarcating its bays.
The Great Seal of the State of Missouri is rendered in colorful terra cotta over the main entry; carved limestone eagles mark the corner bays. The main entrance once faced a major thorougfare in Market Street, but in the 1960s the coming of Highway 40’s twisting double decks relegated the entry to eternal shadow. More historical information here.
Plans for Armory Transformation Shown in Renderings from Arcturis
Green Street Development has detailed its plans for the long-vacant Armory in Midtown neighborhood as it seeks city support for $8M in tax increment financing (TIF). The $82.2M redevelopment plan would transform the one-time military post into a mixed-used facility including office, restaurant, and health spa according to documents filed with the city.
A first phase would renovate the existing Armory, with a second phase would include a 90,000sf building just east of the Armory, and a separate 135-room, seven-story hotel and 300-space parking garage south of that site. The basement of the Armory, once used for tank and military truck parking, will be utilized as a parking garage.
The developer’s TIF Commission materials show an estimate of 700 jobs at the site with a total payroll of $33M.
According to documents filed with the city, Green Street is aligning an array of financing and incentives to fund the project. These include the formation of a Community Improvement District (CID), Transportation Development District (TDD), 100% tax abatement for 10yrs followed by 50% for 5yrs, almost $7M in state historic tax credits, $5M in federal historic tax credits, and $1.1M in state Brownfield tax credits. The CID and TDD allow for additional tax levies on economic activity within the development.
Just to the north and west across Interstate 64 from the Armory, Lawrence Group’s $340M City Foundry project is moving ahead. A very early concept is being explored to reconstructed a pedestrian connection between the two projects along Spring Street.
This development is also just near the Cortex developments as well as St. Louis University. With all of these projects lined up, it seems that Midtown is finally getting the much needed and deserved facelift that it has been awaiting.