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