Classic meets contemporary in historic Central West End home – STLtoday.com
The Central West End has an abundance of tree-lined streets with stately historic homes, but the two blocks known as Fullerton’s Westminster Place carries a particularly rich local history. Named for J.S. Fullerton, the man responsible for developing the private street, Fullerton’s Westminster Place is on the National Register of Historic Places and its homes were designed by St. Louis architects.
This historic pedigree, along with the quiet and close-knit neighborhood drew Kerrie Caldwell-Troutman and her husband to purchase their home there five years ago. After living in the Tower Grove area for 15 years, the couple moved to New Orleans. When they decided to return to St. Louis, they focused their home search on the Central West End.
Kerrie Caldwell-Troutman blends modern art with antiques and original features of her old, large home in the Central West End to a beautiful result. Video by Hillary Levin
“We loved the walkability of it. We had (dog) Murphey, and we wanted a place we could take him and go to dinner and sit outside,” Caldwell-Troutman says.
The home’s stunning exterior caught their eye when they parked in front of it on the way to view another property on the same block. It was for sale, so they decided to take a look.
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Built in 1894, the house was designed by the architectural firm of Grable and Weber, which designed many prominent local homes of the era, in Italian Renaissance style.
Hillary Levin, Post-Dispatch
Built in 1894, the house was designed in Italian Renaissance style by the architectural firm of Grable and Weber, which designed many prominent local homes of the era. The façade is a faded orange brick with terra cotta ornamentation and unique features like a row of small, portal-style windows just below the roofline.
“The previous owners lived here for 25 years and took impeccable care of it. We walked in the dining room and said, ‘Just think of the parties we’d have in this house.’ That sealed the deal for us,” she remembers.
Caldwell-Troutman and her husband love to entertain, hosting parties and gatherings with friends. Her parents, who live out of state, are regular houseguests. With 6,700-square-feet of living space, the three-story home was perfect for all of their needs. The bones of the house were in good shape. It just needed some cosmetic renovations to suit the couple’s style.
Long a collector of antiques, Caldwell-Troutman loves to mix estate sale finds with classic contemporary furnishings.
“One of my favorite things to do on Saturday mornings is go to estate sales. I grew up with my parents always collecting antiques, so for me it was just what we did. …….