Modern STL Now Has 501(c)3 Status

Posted on 08. Dec, 2014 by in Events

When Toby Weiss called together modernist aficionados and preservationists in 2010, the first order of business was organizing cocktail parties at cool retro pads. The quickly-elected second item was creating a new mid-century modern preservation organization. Modern STL incorporated in September 2010, but all along has only dreamed of the esteemed 501(c)3 federal tax-exempt status.

The Internal Revenue Service beat Santa to our mailbox this year with notification: Modern STL now has 501(c)3 status. This means that all of your donations and membership fees are fully exempt, and can be claimed as deductions on your federal income tax forms.

Ah, yes, what a great time to renew your membership!

Preservation Month Showcase: MoModerne

Posted on 19. May, 2014 by in Events

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

Posted on 02. May, 2014 by in Events

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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!

Tour: Lindell Boulevard Goes Modern (Again and Again)

Posted on 18. Apr, 2014 by in Events



May 10, 2014
10:00 AM
Meet at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, Lindell entrance

$5 for non-members (free for members)

Every St. Louisan knows Lindell Boulevard, but they might not always look close enough to seethe wide array of modern architecture tucked between the revival-style apartment towers and mansions. Between 1939 and 1977, Lindell Boulevard was reshaped through the construction of major and minor modern works, ranging from the jet-set Optimist Club Building (1962; Schwarz & Van Hoefen) to the elliptical AAA Building (W.A. Sarmiento, 1976). Today, Lindell again is caught up in the city’s efforts to remake itself, with some modern gems polished to shine again while others are threatened in the name of progress.

Architectural historian Michael R. Allen and blogger and photographer extraordinaire Toby Weiss team up to tell the architectural tale of Lindell’s evolution.