3011 Missouri, First of Five For Benton Park Infill Project Completed

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Last year, we reported on five new homes planned to be built on vacant parcels in the city’s historic Benton Park neighborhood. While there has been increased attention on contemporary infill in local historic districts, the first of these historic-styled homes hits the market this month. While no one may applaud the non-brick sides and rear, or the carport (will another real garage ever be built in our fair city?!), the completed home is a great example of fitting a modern home behind a thoroughly historic facade.

There is a lot to appreciate about the 1890-1920 historic St. Louis home, especially if the detailed craftsmanship has been preserved. But homes with narrow hallways, steep steps, tiny closets, damp basements, and hidden kitchens aren’t for everyone.


3011 Missouri’s facade is a near replica of 1950 Wyoming, just a couple blocks to the southeast. The developer, Grand Home Solutions, Inc., was also the company behind a unique single-story home on Indiana Avenue we featured in 2013.

Inside the new home are three bedrooms and 2.5 baths in 2,702sf. You can see all the real estate listing images here.

From the listing: Est. 2016 Stunning new construction in the heart of Benton Park! The historical front facade feels like circa 1900”s. Inside find a seamless mixture of industrial & historic character. Open floor plan is the perfect space to entertain. Large study has glass french doors. Gather w guests in dining room w orbital chandelier. Open kitchen is a chef”s dream w breakfast bar, drawer microwave, stainless appliances, & 35 bottle wine cooler. Wood floors throughout! Massive great room has large double windows to let in the natural light & gas fireplace for those Fall evenings! 1/2 bath powder room w tiled feature wall finishes the 1st fl. Metal stair railing takes you upstairs to master suite w huge walk in closet & romantic chandelier lighting! Barn doors to master bath w double bowl sink, wood look tiled surround & black slate floor. Both guest beds have walk in closets. 2nd fl laundry. Custom blinds, zoned hvac, patio, fenced yard, garageport, 200 amp panel. 5 yr tax abatement! Owner/Agent

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  • Framer

    Interiors are very well done; I love the dark wood floors. I’m curious if the rest of the woodwork is actually wood, or some kind of composite material.

  • thomas h benton

    This looks a lot nicer on the inside than the ho-hum exterior would have suggested. You got to get over the anti-carport bias, though, Alex. It reflects a creeping suburbanism. 😉

    • Alex Ihnen

      I think I like the “ho-hum” exterior, though I wouldn’t call it that. A lot of century homes like this were quite nice inside, though we’ve come to associated the standard brick St. Louis home facade with a certain interior.

      My 1897 home in FPSE had a nice garage – once used for raising rabbits, etc. It post-dated the home by a couple decades, but was quite old. My ’01 Civic, bicycles, strollers, etc. really enjoyed the inside time.

      • Chicagoan

        My wife’s grandmother has a 1930’s-era house on The Hill and on my first visit I was pretty confused by the carport in the alley as opposed to a garage. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a carport in Chicago, perhaps that’s due to our awful winters. I know that the appeal is the carport’s ability to act as an event space and second deck and what not, but she has a cute little rectangular patch of grass in the backyard that does the trick.

        I’m with you Alex.

      • thomas h benton

        By ho hum exterior, I was really just referring to the vinyl siding. I was by there several times while this project was going up, and it seemed already dented and warped, as vinyl siding tends to do (You’d never get that kind of vinyl siding in Lafayette Square). That seemed like a shame, and it made me wonder whether someone would pay in the high $300s for that. I think the facade of the house looks really great though – love that recessed entry. My criticisms are nits really – very happy to see high quality in fill like this in Benton Park.

        You got me on the garage – the rabbit hutch seems like a creative use.

    • D.Jackson.Boone

      I like this house’s exterior- looks fresh and clean and fits in nicely with its neighbors. A rooftop deck would make it nearly perfect IMO.