DOCOMOMO US Letter on Lewis and Clark Branch Library

The St. Louis County Library Board of Trustees and County Executive Charlie Dooley remain steadfast in supporting demolition of the Lewis and Clark Branch Library, and we seem to be running out of ways to change the impending demolition. Still. we have found massive support for preservation from around the country. From library patrons in Moline Acres to the editors of Dwell magazine, it seems that everyone except the trustees understand the value of retaining and expanding Frederick Dunn’s masterpiece.

Here is one of our more recent letters of support, from the board of DOCOMOMO US.

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Sugar Creek Ranch, Neighborhood of Distinction

Matt Duenke, son of Sugar Creek developer Burton Duenke, speaks at the award event.

Matt Duenke, son of Sugar Creek developer Burton Duenke, speaks at the award event.

On May 14, Sugar Creek Ranch, developed in the 1950s by Burton Duenke with houses designed by Ralph Fournier, received one of this year’s Kirkwood Landmarks “Favorite Buildings Awards” in the category of “Neighborhoods of Distinction.” The Neighborhoods of Distinction are for “an area of architectural significance and character that has maintained its integrity for 50 years or more.”

The Kirkwood Landmarks Commission and Architectural Review Board presented the award at the Kirkwood Train Station. The press release can be found here. Former Modern STL Board Member and Sugar Creek Ranch resident Amy Burger nominated her neighborhood for the honor. Modern STL salutes Sugar Creek Ranch on finding its rightfully honored place among Kirkwood’s many historic neighborhoods.

Matt Duenke, the son of Burton Duenke, along with his wife drove up to accept the award on behalf of his father. Duenke is also a builder, and he and his wife live at Lake of the Ozarks in the very last house Burton Duenke built, near the senior Duenke’s own Tan-Tar-A development. Matt Duenke was honored and humbled at how much people remember and respect his dad’s work, according to Burger, who snapped the photo shown above.

Preservation Month Showcase: MoModerne

Date: Thursday, May 22nd
Time: 7-9pm
Location: MoModerne, 8631 Watson Rd in Webster Groves
Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members

momoderneModern STL presents our first-ever annual National Preservation Month Showcase event, which highlights an exemplary mid-century modern renovation. This year we’ll visit MoModerne‘s fabulous new store on Watson Road, opened in August 2013. MoModerne revived a 1961 commercial building originally designed by Erwin Knoesel (architect of Tropicana Lanes) for Herman Knoll Florist. This reception will feature light snacks and drinks on us, as well as a short talk on Watson Road and the history of Route 66 by Joe Sonderman, author of Route 66 Missouri and a KLOU radio DJ. To top it all off, MoModerne will offer a 25 percent discount on single items purchased during the event, so we’ll see you there!

Sugar Creek Ranch Receiving Kirkwood Neighborhood of Distinction Award

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Sugar Creek Ranch, developed in the 1950s by Burton Duenke with houses designed by Ralph Fournier, will receive one of this year’s Kirkwood Landmarks “Favorite Buildings Awards” in the category of “Neighborhoods of Distinction.” The Neighborhoods of Distinction are for “an area of architectural significance and character that has maintained its integrity for 50 years or more.”

Sugar Creek receives the award from the Kirkwood Landmarks Commission and Architectural Review Board on Wednesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Kirkwood Train Station. The press release can be found here.

Former Modern STL Board Member and Sugar Creek Ranch resident Amy Burger nominated her neighborhood for the honor. Modern STL salutes Sugar Creek Ranch on finding its rightfully honored place among Kirkwood’s many historic neighborhoods!

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