St. Louis is dotted with old, historic homes in a variety of classic styles. They were built to last with natural materials like stone, hardwood, and brick. The ones that have survived this long often illustrate the height of luxury of their time. Indeed, even today, some might be considered mansions. Because of their size, it is not unusual to find old, stately houses broken up into apartments.
There is always interest in these historic homes from buyers who are willing to take on the special care and upkeep necessary to keep the houses livable. St. Louis home styles (and American architecture in general) have borrowed from classic European designs that were popular during the decade they were built. But it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint a specific style or construction era. There is often overlap, cobbling together features from more than one style into one home.
These are some of the classic and historic styles found in St. Louis homes:
Greek Revival. This is just one of the many examples of architects borrowing ideas from other times and parts of the world. In the mid-1800s, houses with pillars and formal porticos at the entrance were all the rage. Inside, expect a grand staircase and rooms that are spacious and formal.
Italianate. Instead of a Greek temple, Italianate homes copied the style of villas. Made of stone or stucco, these also had columns. Ornate carved wood, tile, and wrought iron often were part of construction.
Victorian. Also called Queen Anne homes, these are often compared to doll houses. Often constructed of wood, this type of home typically has a wide, wrap around porch and contrasting trim. There may even be a turret or two.
Colonial. Made of brick or wood, colonial homes are similar to what one might find in historic areas on the East Coast. These are typically rectangular and symmetrical with the front door at the center and windows lined up along the front. The term “colonial” has many variations: British, Dutch, or French to name a few.
Tudor Revival. St. Louisans are very familiar with this “gingerbread” style that looks like it jumped off the pages of a storybook. Brick construction, sloping rooflines, and curved doorways are all examples of this classic which became popular in the 1920s. Often smaller (and more affordable) than some of the other homes in the classic/historic category, they are desirable for those wanting to live in a little bit of St. Louis history.