In our not-too-distant golden past, Saint Louis seems to have celebrated the Tudor Revival architectural style more than other cities I have known. Tudor Revival was particularly popular in the 1920s and 1930s and is reminiscent of the England’s Tudor period of the 1500s. One of the biggest misconceptions among buyers is that Tudor Rival homes are too “heavy” or “dark”. It is often the case that, even homes with exposed wooden beams, the style can be uplifting and light-filled.
In addition to exposed beams and decorative half-timbering, other characteristics of the Tudor revival style are a steeply pitched roof, cross gables, tall narrow windows and tall, massive chimneys. You will also sometimes see homes with a turret.
In St. Louis it is also not uncommon to see terrazzo flooring in a Tudor Rival home. Terrazzo flooring was created in Venice several hundred years ago as a way to use discarded remnants of marble. After the introduction of electrical grinders in the 1920s it became much easier and less costly to produce. There are often intricate designs using beautiful colors in a terrazzo floor. An interesting confluence of styles that we sometime see from the 1930’s is a blending of Tudor and Art Deco…wow, that can be a challenge!
Take a look at a few examples of Tudor Revivals that are currently on the market today.
9 Carrswold Dr. Clayton listed by Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty for $3,5000. This home is over 8,000 sq ft and is on over an acre of land.
3 Picardy Lane, Ladue listed by Janet McAfee for $1,595,000. This home is 5,500 sq ft and sits on nearly 2 acres of land.
7601 Gannon, University City listed by Keller Williams Realty St. Louis for $389,9000. The home is over 1,800 sq ft.
252 Woodbourne, St. Louis listed by Robb Partners, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty for $795,000. Offers over 3,300 sq ft with large family room addition.
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About this Column: The market data and some photos are pulled from the Mid America Regional Information System. All MLS information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.