Last weekend I took a road trip to St. Louis to check out the exhibit on Eero Saarinan. I went with a few guys from KC Modern, we met up with my college buddy Grant, and Dan Semar who frequents the lotta living forums as STLModern. We checked out all the local mcm's and several gutt busting meals along the way. I'm amazed at how many cool houses there are in STL. Apparently they are getting torn down at an alarming rate for mcmansions, most of the houses we checked out are in the nicer parts of town on large lots. The exhibit is really nice and Saarinan doesn't get the due he deserves in history. Its amazing the amount of work he accomplished in the short time before his early death at the age of 51. The most interesting part of the exhibit was looking for tie ins to David Runnells the architect of my house. He worked for Saarinan and Ralph Rapson ( a frequent collaborator) and many of the early projects that Saarinan did while at Cranbrook he could have had a hand in. We didn't find any specific ties although many of the early drawings and projects are very similar to some slides we have of Runnells early work. More on that later.
Harris Armstrong's Studio
House by William Bernoudy Dan's House showing of his new landscaping
I am a third generation home builder in the Kansas City area. I grew up working for my Fathers construction company and I graduated w/ an Architecture degree from Kansas State University in 2005. I hope to eventually combine my two passions into a Design Build Company. I am currently working for myself at Studio Build doing projects in the Kansas City area. I'm currently looking for design/build work in the area and am tackling several local projects. Please contact me if you would like to discuss a project.
The following links are ones that I found throughout my remodel process. I purchased things from many of the sites, I'm not affiliated with any of them though I could be if for some reason they want to send me some free stuff. Hopefully these help some of you in your own adventures.