Hand Painted Watercolor House Portraits of Clayton, Missouri

Welcome to my Newly Completed Clayton House Portrait Watercolor Series!

Clayton, Missouri, a beautiful city in St. Louis County, is part of the greater St. Louis area.  I am particularly fond of Clayton due to its incredible wealth of house portrait subjects. Not only is there an eclectic mix of historic homes in terms of architectural styles, but they are all so uniquely different. The area has provided me with great artistic inspiration for my custom home portraits series.

Architectural History of Clayton

Clayton, Missouri, has a rich architectural history that reflects its development over time.  Early Settlement began in the 1800’s when Clayton was initially established as a rural area with farms and small settlements. The architectural style of this period often included simple vernacular structures, reflecting the rural and agrarian nature of the community.

In the late 19th to early 20th Century,  Clayton experienced growth and urbanization, architectural styles shifted to reflect the trends of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This might include styles that can be found in these house portraits below, including Victorian, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival and Georgian style homes.

Colonial Revival house portrait on Maryland Dr, Clayton MO


Georgian style watercolor home portrait on Wydown Blvd, Clayton MO


Cecil Ave, Clayton MO hand drawn and painted home portrait with Georgian style elements


Elegant Italianate custom house portrait on Ridgemoor Dr, Clayton, MO


Victorian hand crafted house portrait on Crestwood Dr, Clayton, MO home

Suburban Development mid-20th Century

In the mid-20th Century, with the expansion of streetcar lines, Clayton became more accessible, and suburban development increased. Residential areas saw the emergence of a myriad of styles such as Craftsman, Tudors, Cape Cods and occasionally Spanish Revival and Mediterranean during this period. Examples of these  Clayton homes can be seen below, depicted in my house portraits.

Welcoming Tudor home on Wydown Blvd, Clayton MO


Unique Tudor style home portrait of Cecil Ave, Clayton MO home


Newly built home on Wydown Blvd, Clayton MO, incorporating Tudor elements


Classic Georgian style house portrait on Cecil Ave, Clayton MO


Pen and watercolor house painting of home on Audubon Dr, Clayton MO


Tudior home portrait of S. Meramec St, St. Louis home


Cape Cod style on S. Meramac Ave, as part of my Clayton MO house portrait series


Classic Georgian style home on Aberdeen Pl, as part of my Clayton house portrait series


Italianate style house portrait of home on Arundel Place Clayyton MO


Unique Tudor style home on Crestwood Dr, as part of my Clayton house portrait series


Tudior cottage watercolor painting on Aberdeen Pl, Clayton


A rare find in St. Louis. Mediterranean style home found on Crestwood Dr, Clayton


Classic Tudor house portrait of home on Claverach Dr, Clayton


Georgian sytle home on Crestwood Drive as part of my house portrait series


Italianate home portrait. The home can be found on Ridgemoor Dr, Clayton MO


Classic Georgian style house portrait located on Southmoor Drive, Clayton MO


Storybook Tudor home portrait on Wydown Tce, Clayton
Colonial Revival home on Southmoore Dr as part of my  Clayton MO series


Unique Colonial House Portrait that can be found on Southmoor Drive, Clayton MO


Custom home portrait on Venetain Dr, Clayton MO
Unique home portrait of Tudor style home on Venetian Drive, Clayton


Tudor house portrait in the spring on Davis Drive, Clayton MO


Classic Colonial house portrait on Pershing Ave, Clayton MO
Classic Tudor home on Southmoor Dr, Clayton MO

Tennessee Williams and Coming of Age in Clayton, MO:  

References to Tennessee Williams’ time in St. Louis are sprinkled throughout his work. His family moved there in 1918 when he was seven years old and their first home was in the Central West End neighborhood. Later the family moved to the home below on Arundel Place in Clayton, a city that borders St. Louis. The Tivoli Theater and the Saint Louis Art Museum were frequent stops for the young Tennessee while he was growing up.

House portrait of home on Arundel Plazce, where the young Tennessee  Williams grew up

Post-World War II Era:

The mid-20th century brought changes in architectural preferences, with an increased focus on modern design. Ranch-style homes and mid-century modern architecture became prevalent during this time.

As the county seat of St. Louis County, Clayton developed a substantial commercial and civic presence. The Clayton Central Business District (CBD) features a mix of architectural styles, including modern skyscrapers, mid-century buildings, and more traditional structures.

The city has experienced ongoing development and redevelopment, with a mix of historic preservation and new construction and has sought to balance modern architecture with the preservation of its historical character.

An important part of the architectural history of Clayton, is that it also includes many attractive green spaces and parks. Shaw Park, for example, is a central feature with its own architectural elements and designs.

Preservation Efforts in Clayton:

Over the years, there have been efforts to preserve and protect historic buildings in Clayton. The Historic Preservation Board of the Clayton city government and a local organization, Clayton Community Foundation have played important roles in maintaining the city’s architectural heritage. In my interaction with residents of Clayton I have found there is great respect for preserving the historic legacy of the city, Many home owners I have met, who now have the above portraits on their walls, are equally passionate on this subject and many have invested much time, money and effort to restore their homes or maintain the historic integrity of their house and general area.

History of Clayton

Whenever I create a house portrait series of paintings of an area, I always like to study the history of it, as it explains how the architecture evolved as well.  So here is a little history about the city of Clayton.

In terms of early settlement, the area that is now Clayton was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Osage and Missouri tribes. European settlers began arriving in the early 19th century, and the region became part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

Clayton was officially founded in 1877 and was named after Ralph Clayton, a prominent St. Louis businessman.  In the late 19th century, the area developed as a residential suburb, attracting wealthy residents who built elegant homes.

It was the arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s that contributed to Clayton’s growth, making it more accessible and facilitating economic development.

County Seat and Urbanization:

In 1877, Clayton became the county seat of St. Louis County, a position it still holds today. The city saw further development and urbanization throughout the 20th century, with the construction of government buildings, businesses, and residential areas.  In the late 19th century, the area developed as a residential suburb, attracting wealthy residents who built elegant homes.

Cultural Hub and Modern Development:

Over the years, Clayton has developed into a major economic and cultural hub in the St. Louis metropolitan area.  It is known for its upscale residential neighborhoods, commercial districts, and cultural amenities.

In recent decades, Clayton has experienced ongoing development, including the construction of modern office buildings, high-rise condominiums, and shopping areas. The city has become a center for businesses, legal services, and finance.  Clayton is also home to numerous educational institutions, including Clayton High School, which has a strong reputation for academic excellence.  The city provides a range of services, and its government offices are located in the historic St. Louis County Courthouse.  The city is also known for its vibrant community events and festivals.  Clayton boasts various cultural and recreational facilities, such as parks, theaters, and museums.

Overall, Clayton has evolved from a primarily residential suburb to a dynamic city with a mix of residential, commercial, and cultural elements, contributing to the vitality and architectural historic legacy of the St. Louis metropolitan area.

I hope you have enjoyed my house portrait tour through some of the beautiful tree-lined streets of Clayton.

Until next time,



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