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.