The first owners of this stately 1895 house seem to be William Becker, and then presumably his son and daughter-in-law John and Adele Dittmann Becker. Like many prominent St. Louisans, they participated in the masked ball celebrating the 150th anniversary… Continue Reading
Built in 1932, this house followed the newly fashionably Spanish Revival style, popularized by Hollywood.
Legend is the owner and builder of this 1935 house was an iron worker, or he owned an iron works, thus accounting for the elaborate iron railings and bars. Makes for an interesting story, at least.
I wrote about this masterpiece in my article about the Compton Heights House Tour. Here are more photos of this amazing house on Longfellow.
Don’t forget, as amazing the mansions in Compton Heights are, there are a wealth of stunning Second Empire houses dating back to the 1870s and 80s in the area, on the back streets or Compton Avenue. They represent an era… Continue Reading
Separated by Russell Boulevard there is a small pocket of stunningly beautiful houses in the northwestern portion of the Compton Heights area. Called by some Reservoir Square or Compton Hill, the area developed in the Nineteenth Century, with in-fill continuing… Continue Reading
Here are some more pictures of the old Third Christian Scientist Church on Russell. Read my article about the new museum that just opened here. I just noticed the architectural order for the columns is not pure Corinthian, but rather… Continue Reading
And then, only two decades later, and only two blocks from yesterday, the houses of St. Louis’s elite had become detached, grown in size and taken on new, eclectic forms.
While the Itataliante and Second Empire styles can be found throughout America, in St. Louis in the late Nineteenth Century some interesting happened. Someone took the characteristics of both styles and combined them together, as you can see in the… Continue Reading
I took a series of photos out the observation deck, just as I had years ago. Above is looking to the northeast towards downtown. Above, looking south down Grand Boulevard. Below, two of the surviving mansions on Grand. Below, traffic… Continue Reading