St. Louis, MO 63124
Designed and built in 1968 by Ralph Fournier for he and his family
Fournier a contemporary architect who came out of the School of Architecture at Washington University during the golden age of St. Louis Modernism. Historians refer to these houses as mid–20th-century contemporary homes, American-style. For a time, St. Louis was the epicenter of American-style contemporary and Modernist homes. The who’s who of these architects, like William Bernoudy, a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, Isadore Shank and Charles Nagel, left their mark all over St. Louis.
These architects introduced us to the notion that public rooms could meander into each other, unobstructed by doors and walls, with bedrooms that were utilitarian and small, used just for sleeping. And that outdoor space was as important as indoor space. After Fournier graduated in 1952 from Wash. U., where he studied under legends Eugene Mackey and Edouard Mutrux, a partner of Bernoudy. As a young architect, Fournier was “a purist,” he says, and designed contemporary homes from St. Louis to Atlanta to Indianapolis.
In 1980 it was sold to Gayla and Theodore Keller. The Keller's added the hearth room on the southern end and a master bedroom and bath on the north. They sold it to Marcella and Greg Stevens in 2000.
We purchased it from Marcella and Greg in March of 2008 after she moved down the street into her Grandparents home.
Before moving in we totally gutted the house. Nothing had been done since the late 90's. The house had remarkable character and a beautiful park like lot but was in an extremely tired state. We started demolition on April 1st of 2008 and moved in on November 1st of that year.
Below are some pictures of the original interior.
After seven months we finally moved in. We used Kris Keller of the Design Source Ltd as the our visionary. She helped us on our remodel of our first home in St. Louis at 444 Bluff Meadow Drive. This project was much larger so she recommended Kevin Goffstein of 20-20 Development as our General Contractor. Kevin and Rich Pinckard were the main drivers of the work. It was an extremely complex and tedious work. After it has been all said and done we would definitely use the same crew again. Hopefully we don't have to go through it for at least another decade.
The demolition went smoothly. After a week and three huge dumpsters were filled we had a gutted house and were ready to begin construction. Unfortunately the City of Ladue was not ready for us. After nearly a month of haggling with an inept Engineering company and impossible city inspector we could start what I like to call "How I spent My Summer Vacation".
Here are some of the final pictures
Harry Lee Atkins
The first thing we did together was get his haircut June 2008?
Easter 2008 - CCSA
November 2008 - Apartment
Mardi Gras 2009
April 2009 - Baseball
May 2009 in Florida
June 2009 - Court Date
November 2010 – Rams Game Halftime
January 2011 – Harry and his Cousins
February 2011 – YPO Family Event @ Scottrade Center
July 2011 – First Deep Sea Fishing Adventure
July 2011 – Last Deep Sea Fishing Adventure
July 2011 – Harry and Dey-dey
July 2011 – Marine Week
September 2011 – Rams Game
September 2011 - India’s wedding
September 2011 - Illinois State Fair
October 2011 – Cards NLDS
March 2008 Class Ring Ceremony
High School Graduation May 2009