SAVE THE DATE:
Date: Saturday, September 26th
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.