Tower Grove South Mid-Century Home Sees Transformation (3855 McDonald)

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A small, circa 1954 mid-century infill home located at 3855 McDonald in Tower Grove South has seen a vast transformation with a $125,000 second floor addition (by owners Charles Closser and John Simpson). The formerly one-story, 850 square foot home now clocks in at over 2,000 square feet with the addition of a second story. Its height and massing is now more similar to its early 20th Century neighboring structures.

Below is a before-and-after view:

3855 McDonald before_after

The site is located within the Tower Grove Heights National Register Historic District, which offers rehabilitation incentives for qualified properties, but contains no regulations as to design standards for additions or new construction.

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  • WikiWild

    I know this article is from a while back but does anyone know of any recent projects where someone has added a 2nd story to their home in the city?

  • Joe S

    Anyone care to venture a guess on how much more it would have cost to do this project using brick? Also, in cases where building vertical, is it more complicated than just stacking new brick on top? I am curious about this topic, but have no clue. Thanks

    • Brian

      According to the Brick Industry Council website, the cost of installed brick is $6.49 sf, versus $4.43 for fiber cement and $3.00 for vinyl. Of course, matching the brick to the original would probably be difficult.

    • Scott

      Brick adds a substantial amount of weight that the original structure below may not have been capable of supporting.

  • raccoozie

    This is really cool! I’ve never seen anything like this before.

    • Alex Ihnen

      There have been a few others like this around town – it’s pretty interesting, and really important to the future of housing options in the city.

      • Richard O

        I agree Alex upgrading city housing is vitally important to our neighborhoods. Far too often as you drive around city neighborhoods you will see a single story home in a neighborhood with blocks of two story houses and you wonder why the City would issue a building permit if the home didn’t conform to the architecture/style of the neighborhood. There are many neighborhoods such as The Hill, Holly Hills, Botanical Heights, Dogtown, Cheltenham, Carondelet, Gravois Park and others that could use housing upgrades and infills such as these and we have enough brick so not everything needs to be brick.