Times Changing in Frontenac and Ladue

We made it out too late to document the trailer park in Frontenac, which had once housed workers who had processed uranium for nuclear weapons at Weldon Springs. I’m not being facetious when I say that this trailer park had a lot of history behind it. Below, we also viewed the site of the controversial…

La Hacienda

La Hacienda subdivision was laid out in the early 1930s, and the housing stock ranges from then to the 1950s. It is a unique blend of many different types of houses, from the Spanish Revival, like its gates, to the Tudor Revival. The Prado is the main boulevard entrance off of Ladue Road, just west…

Carmelite Monastery, Ladue

I made it out to the Carmelite Monastery in Ladue last Sunday and was pleasantly surprised. Here is their website. their original location was in Soulard. The church is a beautiful example of Italian Romanesque Revival, and the door is welcoming. I like the use of terracotta, which gives off a warm glow even on…

Old Railroad Right-of-Way, Ladue

Update: Thanks to readers, corrected on the actual use of this right-of-way; it was a railroad line. Disclaimer: Yes, I know this is a horrible photograph. Yes, Ladue once had mass transit passing through it, as this right-of-way, just off of Litzsinger Road demonstrates. Here is a picture of the track in use at the…

Cool Modernist House, Ladue

I passed by this great house facing Litzsinger Road in Ladue. With southern facing windows, the light in the house must be wonderful. Update: Thanks to Andrew Raimist, I now know this is the Evens Residence.

Adventures in McMansion Land

Enjoying the weather Sunday afternoon, my parents and I decided to check out our favorite place for ridicule, Ladue just south of Clayton Road. We were not disappointed; we saw our favorite McMansion in the whole wide world off of Warson Road, which you can see above. Here are a couple of other beauties that…

Harry Hammerman House

Landmarks recently featured the house as well here. It is quite an extraordinary house, inspired by the great Frank Lloyd Wright and now being lovingly restored and expanded tastefully.

Isadore Shank House

I had the opportunity to see Isadore Shank’s house a weekend or two ago, nestled on a quiet street in the county. It is an exceptional house, and a testament to Modernist home design on a humane level. The house overlooks woods that were carefully laid out to preserve the idyllic setting of the house….