1. Central West End Home & Garden Tour
Last year’s tour celebrated the 125th anniversary of Fullerton’s Westminster Place, made all the more special by the chance to see inside the childhood home of poet T.S. Eliot. thecwe.org.
2. Downtown and Grand Center Architectural Walking Tours
The Landmarks Association of St. Louis leads a number of guided walking tours along various routes downtown and in Midtown on Saturdays from April–October. Other groups, like Revitalize St. Louis, offer guided tours, and the American Institute of Architects, St. Louis chapter sells a Downtown St. Louis Walking Tour App for 99 cents. landmarks-stl.org,rvstl.org, aia-stlouis.org.
3. Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park
Enjoy a tour of this 1,900-square-foot home, featuring original furnishings and fabrics designed by the world-renowned architect. ebsworthpark.org.
4. Historic Samuel Cupples House and Gallery
This property on the campus of Saint Louis University houses the school’s collection of fine and decorative art from before 1919. Its lower level features modern exhibitions by SLU staff and students and visiting artists. slu.edu/samuel-cupples-house.
5. Kirkwood Tour of Homes
A part of Kirkwood’s annual Spring Fling, this tour features homes that showcase a variety of architectural styles spanning more than a century.
6. Lafayette Square Spring Homes & Garden Tour, Holiday Parlour Tour
Most of the homes on these long-running seasonal tours were built between 1850 and 1900, but the few constructed in this century reflect the neighborhood’s historic Victorian style. The semiannual events are held on the first weekend in June and the second Sunday in December. lafayettesquare.org.
7. Old North House & Community Tour
This annual event has it all: fully restored historic homes, newly built homes, apartments in once-abandoned buildings, and houses still undergoing rehab. See it all in the city’s St. Louis Place and Old North neighborhoods. facebook.com/ONSLRG/.
8. Renegade STL
One of the city’s private tour companies, Renegade STL provides bus, walking, and personalized tours organized by neighborhoods or themes, including “Disasters and Catastrophes” and “Baseball City.” renegadestl.com.
9. Soulard Holiday Parlour Tour, Art in the Garden
The website for Soulard’s annual holiday home tour describes the area as the oldest surviving, active, and walkable neighborhood west of the Mississippi, although the December tour offers a shuttle between stops. The neighborhood also organizes a spring garden tour for landscape lovers. See the Soulard Saint Louis Facebook page for more information about Art in the Garden. soulard.org.
Article originally posted by STLMag