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Ralph Cole Hall: St. Louis Architect

I sold a home in Ladue this year, designed by local architect Ralph Cole Hall. After graduating from Washington University, Hall joined the Naval Air Force, fighting in World War I and World War II, where he earned the rank of commander.

Between the wars, Hall partnered with Victor Proetz for an architectural firm that breathed life into revival-style residential buildings, leaving an indelible mark on the Art Deco Park Plaza Hotel’s public rooms and reshaping spaces in the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, TX.

The Margherita Palace

Post World War II, the retired commander became Chief of the Department of Design for the State Department, designing United States Embassies in Peru and Iran and restoring the Margherita Palace as an embassy in Rome. Returning to St. Louis in 1955, Hall continued working on residential and more significant projects like St. Louis Country Day School and the Peabody Coal Company National Headquarters.

How beautifully did Hall design these two homes in Ladue? Unfortunately the home in the 3rd photo has been torn down.

Hall also designed the Proetz House, which we featured in 2017 HERE.

The Proetz House in Central West End

(Information from the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for Peabody Coal Company National Headquarters, by Lafser and Associates)

One thought on “Ralph Cole Hall: St. Louis Architect”

  1. Jay Engler says:

    We live in the Clayton Rd. house that Ralph Cole Hall & his wife purchased upon their return to St. Louis in 1955. They purchased the residence from the couple who built it in 1912. There are a number of architectural touches to the house that can likely be attributed to the time the Halls resided here. Wishing we knew more about their time here, as well as previous owners.

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