Date of Award

Summer 8-2022

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author Department/Program

Graduate School of Architecture

Degree Name

MS in Architectural Studies

Degree Type



In the 1930s and 1940s, the modern architectural style was first introduced in the United States through exhibitions and publications. The style was also introduced through the works of prominent architects, in particular through their own homes, where they were not beholden to a client. This investigation examines six modern residences in St. Louis during the foundational years of the style, analyzing their architectural, social, and cultural impact as their distinguished local designers navigated new ideas of modern living in the region. These modern houses primarily acted as private homes, but they were also works of art that intrigued and continue to intrigue the public. This thesis considers their preservation in the twenty-first century so they can remain dynamic residences and cultural sites.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Eric Mumford, chair; Robert Moore, committee; Robert McCarter, committee