Bernard McMahon

Bernard McMahon: He Designed So Much in St. Louis


Bernard McMahon was one of the most prolific architects in the St. Louis area in the 1940’s through the 1970’s.  He built about 1,000 homes in the Richmond Heights, Clayton & Ladue areas….including my listing located at 12 Berkshire where he lived with his family. The home was built to be a showplace for his architectural business perched on a hill at the beginning of the neighborhood. Anyone growing up in St. Louis knows of this iconic home. I was told that he built it with second floor windows placed so he could see downtown Clayton….and his many commercial buildings that he designed there!

Previously we posted a short biography of McMahon, you can click here to read that first as to orient yourself on the architect and what he did throughout his career to shape St. Louis. He was responsible for the 7777’s Building, the garage and crosswalk on Forsyth for Famous Barr, St. Johns Hospital, Immacolata Church, and the Visitation Academy.

Below I have attached original documents of the designs of some of McMahon’s feats.


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