A developer has filed a $1 million permit to construct four contemporary townhomes at 519-525 Des Peres Avenue. The site is located at the southwest corner of Washington and Des Peres, near the Delmar MetroLink light rail station and the future Loop Trolley route in the city’s popular Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood.
The Cultural Resources Office has recommended the project be approved, conditioned on some adjustment in building material and color in keeping with the neighborhood’s historic built environment. The Preservation Board will review the project and consider the CRO recommendation at its June 22 meeting. The site is located in the Skinker-DeBaliviere Local Historic District.
Each of the Walker Townhomes will be four stories with second floor balconies in front and back and a private, fourth floor roof deck. Proposed materials include brick, glass and cementboard. Two-car garages will face a shared drive at the rear of the property.
If approved, these units will push forward what may be a trend for the historic Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood. In 2012, architect Paul Hohmann of Ebersoldt and Associates designed a contemporary single family home at 6153 Pershing. The contemporary Regional Arts Commission building at 6128 Delmar, which lies two blocks northwest of the site on the edge of the neighborhood, was built in 2003.