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  • The Fountain at The Vedder

    Posted on June 17th, 2011 Toby Weiss 7 comments

    On Nottingham in St. Louis Hills stands The Vedder apartment building. To some, it’s known as The Eddie Vedder, but to anyone who sees it, it’s magnificent.

    And it just got even better. Take a look!

    For the first time since I’ve known the building, the fountain is on! And with lights!

    There is a For Sale sign in the front yard, which may explain the improvements. And what a seriously smart move – who can resist the Vedder with a working fountain?

    Backstory on The Vedder
    Vedder history via Esley Hamilton

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  • Similar South Side Deco

    Posted on March 31st, 2010 Toby Weiss 4 comments

    Oak Hill & Potomac
    South St. Louis City

    It was with great happiness that I read this post on St. Louis Investment about the building shown above.  In short, this 12-unit apartment building, built in 1939, is currently being renovated into 6 units.

    When I took these pictures of the place in Spring 2007, two men who said they were the newest owners of the building chatted with me about their plans, pending final analysis from their building inspector. They were hoping it was in better shape than it looked. Guess it wasn’t…and so it continued to sit vacant and exposed to the elements.

    But not any longer, which is a huge relief.  I’ve always liked this building because it comprises 1/3 of what I mentally refer to as the Blonde Deco Trio.

    Chippewa & Gustine
    South St. Louis City

    Here’s another member of the clan, a few miles away in Dutchtown. It’s the oldest of the trio, going up in 1937.

    And like the previous one, it is 3 stories tall with 12 apartments, same two-toned brick and wrap-around corner windows…

    …and the entrances get a grand vertical treatment, highlighted by glass block.  This is my favorite of the three because its burnt sienna brick detailing is plentiful, yet so compact and precise.

    Wilmington & Marwinette
    South St. Louis City

    The youngest of the 3 is from 1941, and resides in the Holly Hills neighborhood.

    Of the 3, it’s the least exuberant, almost as if the builder was coming to a natural conclusion on the repetition of this model. Or maybe they’d exhausted their supply of burnt sienna bricks?

    It is in the best shape of the trio, and even works nicely with a bit of porch flourish added to both of the entrances (though that colonial eagle has got to go).

    So, both of these occupied Blonde Decos serve as excellent role models for the Oak Hill renovation, and it will be pleasure to have the triumvirate alive and well.

    Are there other models of this building lurking about St. Louis? If so, please do let me know where they are.

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