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Bannister House

North St. Louis and Grand Center 106

Henry Semple Ames or his mother most likely had this building constructed in 1889, during the boom years for Grand Center. Its neighbors are gone; it was later owned by a Ms. Cushman after the Ames family moved out in the early Twentieth Century. Ames served as the president of a myriad of railroads and other industrial concerns, fitting for a resident of Lindell Boulevard. Ames Place was later named after his family. This style of architecture, a combination of many different styles such as Shingle, Romanesque and others is fast disappearing in St. Louis. It now serves as a banquet center for SLU.

One Comment

  1. Hmmm, I wonder how much–and how badly–the entrance way was changed. The presence of new-ish brick work, and the unlikelihood that a Romanesque facade such as this one would feature a flat, unadorned entrance gives it away. (Not to mention the ridiculous and cheesy neo-colonial doorway. Oh, and yeah, the display window; oy, the display window).

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