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neither east nor west nor north nor south, Missouri served, for
much of the 19th century, as America's gateway to somewhere else, the
half-point to the western frontier.
It has been home
to the nation's richest farmers, ambitious immigrant entrepreneurs, and
American visionaries Mark Twain and Thomas Hart Benton. Their houses were
quirky mid-American interpretations of East Coast and European idioms distilled
by homegrown architects. At Westmoreland Place, Portland Place, and
Parkview in St. Louis and the model Country Club District in Kansas City,
progressive civil engineers, planners, and landscape designers transformed
wheat fields and flower-strewn prairies into sophisticated planned communities
that remain to this day the best places in town to live.
With nearly 300
archival photographs, drawings, and original floor plans, Houses of
Missouri, 1870 -1940 offers an intimate tour behind the facades of 45
purely American houses. Among these are Greystone, the pastoral Gothic cottage
of Major Emory Foster in Pevely; Oak Hall, the opulent mansion of the
legendary Kansas City Star publisher William Rockhill Nelson; the
iconoclastic machine in the prairie, Samuel Marx-designed Ladue residence for
department store magnate Morton May; and Chatol, the striking Art Moderne farmhouse in rural Boone county. The authors bring to life the fortunes, motivations, and
aspirations of their wealthy and upstanding house owners who rigorously defined
what was suitable and respectable living in America's heartland.
The 2009 recipient
of the Osmond Overby Award from the Missouri Alliance for Historic
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
CYDNEY MILLSTEIN is
a preservation consultant, architectural historian, and principal and owner of
Architectural & Historical Research, LLC in Kansas
City, Missouri, with nationwide experience in the field for over 25 years.
Her work includes the examination and documentation of buildings and industrial
typologies for a variety of clients, both public and private. Millstein is a
co-author, with CAROL GROVE, of Houses of
Missouri,1870-1940 (2008). Additionally, she lectures on many
related topics and has published articles in professional journals
including CRM andLegacies.http://ahr-kc.com/
CAROL GROVE is an art historian who specializes in the study of
American architecture and landscapes. Her doctoral degree, from the University
of Missouri-Columbia, focused on nineteenth-century landscape
aesthetics and garden botany as applied at public institutions in St.
Louis. she works to promote historic buildings and landscapes as a board
member of the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, the Alliance
for Historic Landscape Preservation and Scenic Missouri.
"...this book will
get you in the door of some of the ritziest houses in St. Louis."-- Post-Dispatch