Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Acclaimed Architect's Midcentury Modern Ranch Stands the Test of Time

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Acclaimed Architect's Midcentury Modern Ranch Stands the Test of Time

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Beth Kamm and her husband, Dr. William Kamm, appreciated the distinctive midcentury modern home at first sight and became its second owners in 1964. Architect Charles E. King had designed the sleek home in 1957; he had married Audrey Marsh and practiced in her hometown of Belleville. While the Kamms raised three children in the house, King gained fame over the decades. In 1991, Architectural Digest named him one of the "Top 100 Architects in America." He finished his career in St. Louis and died here in 1993.

Nearly a half-century later, the Kamms still enjoy the brick ranch but are surprised that their home is drawing new attention. Recently, the Belleville Historical Society mounted a retrospective tribute to King's work and held a tour of seven of his estimated 100 area homes. The Kamm house, built for Raymond Lippert, was featured, along with King's original blueprints, passed from the Lipperts to the new owners.

Beth was pleased when 150 people toured. Visitors included King's son, James, who came from Colorado for the event. "He had never seen it, and he really liked it. Everyone was very appreciative of the house. We're really honored; nobody has ever paid much attention."

According to the historical group, King practiced in Belleville from 1947 until 1961, when he and Marsh divorced. Then in 1967, he married St. Louisan Constance Goldman-Baer and they lived in Pennsylvania and Florida, moving to St. Louis in 1990. King died at the age of 73 in 1993 at his Central West End home. The Landmarks Association of St. Louis features King in its spring newsletter. Andrew Weil, executive director, said the group would like to host the King retrospective at its downtown gallery, possibly in late winter or early spring 2014.

Although the Kamms kept most of the original features, they made some important changes to accommodate their family of five. …

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