First Phase of House Portrait Series of Greater St. Louis Completed!
Watercolor paintings covering 21 distinct areas
Situated on the banks of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, St. Louis became the “Gateway to the West” in the 19th century for the adventurers and settlers following the path of Lewis and Clark into the new frontier.
Early architecture in St. Louis had strong French influences along with Victorian, Italianate, Federal and Colonial styles. Tudor homes became popular in St. Louis in the early 1900s. This architectural mix is reflected in neighborhoods like Benton Park, Lafayette Square and Carondelet.
I can truly say that the the residents in this area appreciate their rich cultural history. However, with thousands of abandoned buildings, the city currently faces the daunting challenge of how to save these historic beauties.
After a brief stay in St. Louis In 2017 to get the feel of things, we moved back in August 2022, and now live in this fully renovated 1911 Victorian town home, which has servied our purposes well. I especially love my sunroom studio.
I have selected just one house portrait to represent the 14 St. Louis city neighborhoods which I have covered so far in my series. Following this are 7 house portrait paintings representing 7 cities in St. Louis County in which I now have collections of paintings.
Benton Park neighborhood, St. Louis MO
Central West End neighborhood, St. Louis
Compton Heights Neighborhood, St Louis
Holly Hills Neighborhood, St. Louis
Forsyth Place Neighborhood, St. Louis
Lafayette Square Neighborhood, St. Louis
Lindenwood Park Neighborhood, St. Louis
Northampton Neighborhood, St. Louis
Northmoor Park Neighborhood, St. Louis
Shaw neighborhood house portrait
Princeton Heights Neighborhood, St. Louis
Skinker Debaliviere Neighborhood, St Louis
Soulard Neighborhood, St. Louis
Tower Grove South Neighborhood, St. Louis
Greater St. Louis area cities
These cities are all situated in St. Louis County. They are all old cities with amazing architecture and their own culture and sense of communitity. I have selected just one house portrait from each of these cities to give you a flavor.
City of Brentwood, MO
City of Chesterfield, MO
City of Clayton
The city of Clayton is home to the St. Louis County government. Beyond the gleaming high-rises, local boutiques and eateries of downtown Clayton, one finds quiet tree-lined streets and an abundance of interesting historic homes. Each September the nationally renowned Saint Louis Art Fair attracts more than 150,000 people to Clayton’s streets
City of Glendale, MO
City of Ladue, MO
University City, MO
One of the oldest areas in greater St. Louis, University City was a streetcar suburb in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Much of its historic architecture remains in the souther, older portion of the city, especially along Delmar Boulevard. Named for its proximity to Washington University, the city was founded by publisher Edward Gardner Lewis who began developing the area around his publishing complex in 1903. He served as the city’s first mayor. University City was incorporated in 1906.
City of Webster Groves, MO
So there you have a fast architectural view of the beautiful architecture that can be found in the greater St. Louis area.
I hope you have enjoyed this little tour.
Until next time!