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Ted Wight is a Broker- Salesperson with Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty. Ted is the #1 agent in the office & a top-ranked realtor in the St. Louis area.
Last month I wrote about one of Ralph Fournier's most important houses that he designed. Read more HERE. I promised to feature the great light fixtures, though forgot.....well here they are! St. Louis Mid-century design at its best!
Last weekend I had the treat of touring one of Ralph Fournier's most important works- a Chesterfield home built for Burton Duenke. The home sits on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River Valley. Stunning setting and home! The current owners have a wonderful artistic flair and spirit. Perfect stewards for this special gem. The tour was presented by The Landmarks Association for its members....membership does have it's privileges! The home's pool has been transformed into a pond....something I am tempted to do with my martini pool. Come back tomorrow when I feature just the impressive mid-century light fixtures!
Designed by Ralph Fournier and built by Burton Duenke, this is a delightful 1950's Crestwood subdivision. Three bedrooms with an updated kitchen including coffee cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. vaulted ceilings with an open floor plan. Warm and inviting paint scheme, updated light fixtures, thermal windows, recently installed laminate flooring, frieze carpet, wonderful patio area. A pleasure to show! $162,500
Listed by Greg Harwood, Remax Results 314-732-7800
A truly stunning example of Ralph Fournier's classic mid-century modern Ridgewood neighborhood. This Burton Duenke built home was designed to maximize the sense of space with vaulted ceilings, natural lighting, and a fabulous open floor plan. Fast-forward 60 years and MCM is once again the new "black" and this home is a pristine example of why the style was, and is so popular. Upon entering the home you're struck by the natural light, open spaces and attention to detail from the beautifully restored original doors & built-ins to the jaw dropping interior decor. There's an attached garage, large family room, 3 bedrooms, updated kitchen, newer roof & systems, and both the exterior and interior was just painted. Outside you'll enjoy an expansive back yard and a private covered patio that was designed for entertaining. It's perfectly manicured inside and out with every update so there is nothing left to do other than enjoy your favorite martini on the covered patio. This home is stunning! $169,900
Built by famous architect Ralph Fournier in 1956, this mid-20th century contemporary is situated on one of the largest lots in Sunswept. Designed w overhangs, low angled rooflines & windows that point out at angles this house is truly special. The home has floor to ceiling windows, neutral decor, see through fireplace & wood floors throughout. The kitchen renovated in '08 includes maple cabinetry, granite countertops & stainless steel GE profile gas appliances. The living rm, dining rm & breakfast rm have 14ft vaulted ceilings & indirect lighting. Both baths renovated in '08 . Other improvements are some closet organizers, newer furnace '11, newer a/c '12, newer roof '09, tilt-in insulated windows & added insulation in all walls. Mature landscaped yard has cobblestone paver patio, some fencing & in ground sprinkler system. Two car garage w/ huge storage closet. $349,000
Listed by Julie Drier, Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty, 314-725-0009
Sunswept is one of the coolest Mid-century (MCM) lanes in St. Louis. I think every house was designed by Ralph Fournier....so the neighborhood is consistent in its style. The home located at 1 Sunswept is a Fannie Mae property. It really is a nice space! Needs some stylish enhancements to rid it of its early 90's renovation, though surprisingly very nice. It even has a pool!
Listed by Clay Reese, One West Properties 314-997-2600 or call me if you need a Buyer's agent and want to see it. Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty 314-607-5555
This house will be part of the Mid- Century Modern House Tour on Sunday, May 22nd from 1-4 PM. For other homes also on the tour click HERE.
"Just driving by this Estate gets you excited. A place that would be great to call home, raise a family, entertain family, friends and business associates. You enter Berry Hill farm through a stone flanked entrance on a curved asphalt lane that winds along the lake on the left. On the Right is 15 acres of gently rolling pasture, framed along the lane by mature specimen trees. Veer off to the right to the guest entrance of the Main house that features approx. 6500 square feet. Designed by Renowned Architect Ralph Fournier this home is perfectly placed on 5 acres of land to capture incredible views over land and lake with specific influences of ornamentation. The additional 15 acres is included. Louisiana cypress siding, cedar shakes roof and the detailed landscape architecture make the outside living as enjoyable as the interior spaces. In addition to the main house is a 4 bedroom 2 bath quest house and a 3 stall barn with equipment garage and attached 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath bunk house."$5.5 million
Listed by Larry Wilson, Coldwell Banker Gundaker, 314-298-4040
Sunswept is the ideal mid-century neighborhood. Located off Lindbergh near Monsanto is an enclave of homes designed by Ralph Fournier. From the moment you see the cool entrance sign, you know you are in store for a treat. None of the homes have been torn down and replaced with homes that interrupt the street scape of wonderful mid-century homes. Since most of the homes were all designed by one architect, there is a unique conformity to the neighborhood. All this and Ladue Schools!
The home located at 12 Sunswept Drive is now available to lease for $2,495 a month or for sale for $369,900. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1807 sq ft and 2 -car garage. I toured the home this week with a client and the gracious owner/agent was there to let us in. Terrie Stiles, Realty-24 Network, 314-504-6443
The home really was very cool and even has a pool! What else can I say that the pics below will not!
(Thank you to Cristina who took some of these photos. You can probably tell which are her's. We are having lunch this Friday and she is going to teach me how to use my camera. I just use the automatic feature. Hopefully better pictures from me are to come!)
"Dan and Tiffany Semar's 1963 modern ranch home stands out among the more traditional architecture of their Chesterfield subdivision. Designed by Ralph Fournier, a popular St. Louis architect of the day, and built by well-known local builder Burton Duenke, the spacious home sits at the end of a cul-de-sac on a private lot overlooking a bluff.
From the light-filled foyer to the classic clerestory windows, this house has everything fans of mid-century modern style will appreciate including two George Nelson hanging Bubble Lamps and loads of collectible furniture, much of it from Broyhill's 1963 "Brasilia" sculpted wood collection. The furniture, designed the same year the house was built, looks perfectly at home in it.
When the Semars bought the house in 2007, it had been vacant and was overgrown on the outside and covered with various textured and patterned wallpapers on the inside. They stripped it and painted all of the rooms in neutral gray tones with accents of bright orange and green.
This fall, they removed the original parquet wood flooring and put in an epoxied pebble stone floor throughout the entire house, which balances out the wood furniture and complements the modern architecture and décor. Light bounces off the glossy pebble during the daytime, making it sparkle, and the floor flows seamlessly from room to room."
Yesterday I featured a cool mid-century house located in Ladue at 9897 Copper Hill Road. You can read more about it HERE. Today I am going to highlight some of the cool mid-century finishes that Ralph Fournier included in the design.
(A cool wall clock in the kitchen.)
The basement wet bar
The cool stairway going down to the Lower Level.
The basement bathroom.
And what the bathroom used to look like before the wallpaper was removed.
This Ralph Fournier designed home was built in 1963.The open floor plan, windows and special
features will delight any contemporary, modern or mid-century buyer. Located in
popular Forest Green Estates and across from Old Warson Country Club. The house
has tons of windows that look out onto your 1.24 acres of woods, yard and
gardens. The first floor has gleaming wood floors throughout.The Living Room and Dining Rooms are
separated by a see-through fireplace and both have French doors that lead to an
expansive deck.Four bedrooms and 2 ½
baths on the main floor. The kitchen features black granite counters, custom
wood cabinets and a large breakfast room.The finished lower level is 1162 extra sq. ft. of finished living space
with an expanse of windows and French doors that look onto a terrace and
woods.The lower level also has a half
bath, fireplace, retro wet bar, an office and a large two-car garage. $625,000
Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sothebys International Realty, 314-607-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org