The Architectural Details of 4668 Pershing Place
Updated: Nov 15, 2021
4668 Pershing Place in the Central West End | 63108
Priced at $499,000
The home at 4668 Pershing Place has not been on the market for more than fifty years. The architectural features are abundant. It is definitely one of those houses that is interesting from the curb and interesting inside. It is two-and-a-half stories. The exterior is Tudor style which was clearly an inspiration for may 20th century grand homes in St Louis. This style is characterized by steeply pitched gable roofs, embellished doorways, groupings of windows and decorative half-timbering with the spaces between the timbers filled with stucco or masonry.
As an aside, did you know that St Louis passed an ordinance after the large fire that destroyed much of St Louis in 1849 that required new building materials be made out of non-combustible materials. Thus the preponderance of brick and stucco. The back yard is a brick courtyard with a masonry fence and yard. There is a pagoda and a raised bed for planting. (Patio is covered with leaves, sorry)
The entrance is very decorative and clearly resonates the design preference of the architect who built this home. The ceiling is a groin vault, aka cross vault, which is produced by intersection at right angles of two barrel vaults. In addition, there is a built in bench and some built in drama masks. More of these drama masks are displayed on the cantilever just above the porch.
The first floor has four rooms plus a half bath. The trim is unpainted wood and the dining room has wainscoting. The rooms are large and have a nice flow. The living room is a nice size for entertaining. The cantilever with the window grouping adds a separateness that would be a nice area for a game table or reading area with a little privacy. The windows let in northern light. They are casement and individual panes are framed in wood. We are wondering if this was maybe designed as a courting area (some of the CWE homes have these).
One of the most architecturally unique rooms on the first floor is the dining room. It has the round (barrel) vaulted ceiling. Even more detailing is how the windows are also vaulted into the ceiling.
Vaulted windows in dining room
Another fun surprise to this great home is the hidden entrance to the den \ office. Camoflaged by the stately paneling at the back of the dining room is the secret door adding another wonderful historic feature
The original butlers pantry has been incorporated into the kitchen and really is a great area for the sous-chef. The kitchen is large enough for lots of counter space, storage and also to eat in. It leads to the backyard and has great southern light.
The four bedrooms are on the second floor as well as 2 full bathrooms. In addition to the four bedrooms there is a walk in closet. One of the bedrooms is an on-suite and could make a good in-law suite. This bedroom has southern light. One of the bedrooms has a non-functional fireplace.
The third floor is another architectural delight with a story and a half vaulted ceiling, a small loft and a full bathroom with a sauna. The vaulted room has been used as an entertainment room and has a wet bar. There are some interesting closets in this room with plenty of room for a play area.
View from the loft room
Can’t leave this section without adding a little bit of history. The street Pershing Place was originally Berlin Street. The name was changed at the end of World War I (along with several other streets in St Louis) to Pershing in honor of General John “Black Jack” Pershing, the man who commanded the American troops at war.
The ground at the corner of Pershing and Euclid was slated to be either an apartment building or a commercial building. In 1912 a number of enterprising Berlin Avenue residents gottogether and persuaded the owner to “restrict” the property to 3 single-family dwellings. In 1913 the house at 4668 was built for Dr. Gustav Lippman, a prominent physician.
Newspaper clippings indicate that Dr Gustav designed the house based on a house he liked on a trip to Nuremburg, Germany. In 1933 the house was sold to Jesse Powell Henry, who reportedly made some minor modifications so that the house resembled an “Old English half-timbered house”. He added a formal walled garden in the rear and an antique iron fence in front to try to accomplish this.
The above history and the following clippings courtesy of Paul Mittelstadt.
Finally, the home has a full basement with a walkout. The garage is entered from Euclid. There is radiator heat and three air handlers to keep you cool.
4668 Pershing Place is located on a gated private street in the heart of the Central West End, a century old neighborhood located conveniently in the central corridor of St Louis City. The Central West End is eclectic, cosmopolitan and “bohemian-chic”. It is pedestrian friendly and continues to be a favorite neighborhood for dining, entertainment and shopping. The area is bordered on the west by the award winning Forest Park which is only a 3 block walk from 4668 Pershing Place.