Residential Infill Planned for Historic Benton Park, Lafayette Square

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New construction townhomes planned for the historic Benton Park neighborhood are set to receive the endorsement of the city’s Cultural Resources Office. Proposed are five attached single-family residences on a large vacant parcel at the southwest corner of Pestalozzi Street and Indiana Avenue.

The rowhouses, designed by Killeen Studio Architects, are proposed to have staggered facades as is common on Indiana Avenue on either side of Pestalozzi as the street grid is slightly skewed. The Cultural Resources Office recommends approval by the Preservation Board with a few small changes. The CRO finds that the buildings are designed with contemporary elements, but are also compatible with the surrounding historic context.








The adjacent blocks have considerable variation in building height, and so the two stories with a third set back are found to be compatible. The CRO is suggesting that the Pestalozzi facade be “redesigned to be more consistent with the main facade”.

*images added 03/29/17


In Lafayette Square, a plan for a residential duplex seeks to replicate the recent infill project at 1232-34 Dolman. The 1232 Dolman unit (2,036sf, 3BD, 2.5BA) of that duplex sold last month for $370K. That project is currently under construction. The new project would be at 1222-24 Dolman. The Dolman and Indiana projects will be presented to the city’s Preservation Board Monday, February 22.

1222-24 Dolman: Dolman1

1232-34 Dolman:


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  • Don

    Very exciting news but they need to be wrapped in brick on all 4 sides. The vinyl siding is unfortunate.

    • matimal

      “wrapped”? Is that how it works?

      • Adam

        It’s “face brick”. basically a veneer. sometimes applied in sheets.

        • matimal

          How depressing. I’d rather have not known.

          • thomas h benton

            Agreed. It feels greedy to complain about the quality of basically decent infill projects, but there’s just no nice way to say that the vinyl sided buildings in historic neighborhoods just don’t fit in and look like cheap imitations.

        • kmgee

          A couple observations:

          -While it could be just face brick, there’s nothing in the article or documents (that I can see) that indicate if it’s full or face; my money is on full brick based on the rendering notes.

          -The drawings indicate the siding is cement board, not vinyl; I agree I’d rather see the all sides clad in brick, but cement board is definitely the lesser of two evils.

          • Adam

            Good call on the cement board. I actually saw that and forgot when I wrote that comment. Still hate it, but better than vinyl. Hope you’re right about the brick, too. The drawing references “field brick” but I have no idea what that means.

    • Adam

      ideally. as long as the crittenden face is brick i won’t be too unhappy. unfortunately some of that backside vinyl is going to be visible from crittenden as well.

  • Presbyterian

    More good infill on the Near South Side. Awesome!

  • thomas h benton

    This is good news. It’s exciting to see in fill coming to Benton Park. My only hope is that the materials they use are better than the project at Missouri and Crittenden, which is just brick facade with some really cheap looking vinyl siding. Good luck getting $300k plus for that.

  • matimal

    St. Louis city yet again providing the urbanism that areas beyond the city limits apparently can not.

    • Riggle

      Nah bruh, we need more QTs, just ask Christine Ingrassia

      • matimal

        but we’re getting townhouses! Crestwood can have the QT!