Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Board Approves Eugene Field House Addition

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Board Approves Eugene Field House Addition

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A library and conference space are included in plans for an expanded museum at the Eugene Field House, the poet's boyhood home in downtown St. Louis.

The expansion would be in a one-story, 4,000-square-foot addition connected to the house by an elevated, glass-walled walkway.

Members of the St. Louis Preservation Board voted Monday to grant the plan preliminary approval. The house, built at 634 South Broadway in 1845, is a National Historic Landmark and a City Landmark.

Architect Dennis Tacchi, of Eureka, designed the addition, which would be on the site of Walsh's Row, a dozen attached houses demolished in 1936 except for the Field House. Its windows and stone sills recall the site's row houses.

Betsy Bradley, the city's cultural resources officer, pointed out to the board that the walkway is the only portion of the project covered by city and federal landmark preservation rules.

Fundraising for the $2.7 million project is underway. The Eugene Field House Foundation hopes to begin building the addition next year, said Kimberly Larson, the foundation's director. …

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