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Modern STL Announces Tour of Craig Woods, September 26


Date: Saturday, September 26th
Time: 3-6pm
Location: 1232 Dubray Court, Kirkwood, Mo 63122
Cost: $5 members, $10 non-members


ModernSTL is pleased to present the unique opportunity to tour several homes of the historic Craig Woods Neighborhood in Kirkwood, Mo., as part of our annual home tour. Designed by local modern architect Ralph Fournier and built by Burton Duenke in 1953, the neighborhood became Kirkwoods sixth historic district in 2011. Five homeowners will open their doors and allow guest to get an inside look at how the homes live and feel today.

Following the success of their first neighborhood of modern homes in Crestwood (Ridgewood, 1951-1953), Fournier and Dunke took advantage of an undeveloped plot of land near Sugar Creek to evolve the prefabricated design of the Ridgewood homes to fit the sloping lots of Craig Woods. Of the 49 original homes, each was individually sited in the wooded and sloping lots to take advantage of the beautiful views while at the same time providing privacy.

Throughout the neighborhood you will see variations of the same house design in single story slab on grade, two story (built into the hill), and split level.

Utilizing a simple post and beam construction, modular wall panels 6’-8” in width were built in a nearby factory and brought to the site once the concrete slab and roof were in place. Once on site, the walls of the homes were erected in one to two days, making for an efficient and economical build. This method is still employed with construction of modern homes throughout the world.

Due to the beautiful setting and modest, though thoughtfully designed modern homes and their dedicated owners, Craig Woods is an extremely popular neighborhood that is set to thrive for another sixty years.

Consider making a tax deductible donation to ModernSTL’s preservation fund while enjoying complimentary drinks and snacks.

Modernism Reborn: Happy Hour at Rooster on South Grand Next Thursday


When: Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 PM
Where: Rooster, 3150 S. Grand
Cost: Free, cash bar

With the Missouri General Assembly set to adjourn peacefully, it is time to take a look at what historic tax credits can do for a mid-century modern building. We’ll gather at the South Grand location of popular restaurant Rooster, which once was the Hamiltonian Federal Savings and Loan Association. The International style building dates to 1961 and comes from the drawing board of the firm Winkler & Thompson, which had never produced a modernist building before this curious gem.

Rooster owner Dave Bailey will speak about the building — what drew him to it and how the process of renovation proceeded. Michael Allen of the Preservation Research Office will also speak on the building’s history and what was needed to get it listed in the National Register of Historic Places (it had been excluded from the neighborhood historic district based on age and style).

Come toast the power of transforming modern buildings and the successful use of historic tax credits for the recent past!

Reflections on Harris Armstrong at the Ethical Society

Modern STL members explore the Ethical Society on a bus tour in 2011.

Modern STL members explore the Ethical Society on a bus tour in 2011.

Andrew Raimist, AIA helps the Ethical Society celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a lecture on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm with his reflections on Harris Armstrong’s designs, shedding light on the architect’s creative process and the Society’s journey from its original St. Louis City home in the Sheldon Memorial to the current iconic mid-century modern structure on Clayton Road in 1965.

Preliminary design and models will be presented as well as the evolution toward its ultimate form. Armstrong’s other designs for religious structures will be discussed as well as significant modernist religious structures designed by his contemporaries.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm lecture, reception following the lecture

Location: The Ethical Society, 9901 Clayton Road