When developer W.W. Baldwin laid out Westmoreland Place in 1902, its location — on the southwestern edge of what is now Midtown — was considered the very edge of the city. Baldwin patterned the neighborhood on the "private places" of St. Louis: small, gated developments with a central boulevard along which the grandest homes were built.
Although times have changed, much of Westmoreland's early 20th century character remains, giving us a fascinating look at the residential architecture of the time. Some Westmoreland homes were designed by architects, while others were built from books of house patterns, a design approach that may seem unusual to us now but was quite popular in its day. Our 90-minute, docent-guided tour will explore the neighborhood's rich architecture, the lives of some of the people who lived in Westmoreland, and the story of how the neighborhood has remained a viable historic enclave after more than 115 years.
Please note that this is an exterior architecture tour. The tour will not visit the interiors of any buildings. Public restrooms are not available on the tour route.
Tickets will go on sale at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the traffic island at Hawthorne and Burlington avenues. Admission is $10 for the general public ($7 for Preservation Houston members and students with valid ID). Those who walk, ride a bike or use public transit to get to the tour will receive a $2 discount. Children 11 years old and under are admitted free. Tickets may be charged to Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. The last tour group will leave just after 2 p.m. Advance reservations are not required for this tour.