When Suzanne and Rick Walch purchased their 1960 modern ranch home in the Ladue Estates subdivision four years ago, they weren't entirely aware that they were moving into a piece of history. Formerly living in a new build, the couple were driving around, and a home at the entrance to Ladue Estates caught their eye.
"I never had been a fan of ranch homes," Suzanne says, "But I was instantly taken with that house and something just clicked — it was so unique. And the subdivision had no teardowns. It was all original homes."
Since moving in, the Walches have played up the home's unique mid-century modern features with appropriately modern furnishings and décor, and Suzanne, along with her neighbors in the subdivision, worked to get Ladue Estates listed on the National Register of Historic Places last year. They even have a website detailing the unique neighborhood's history, ladueestates.org. The Walches' house was recently featured on a home tour of Ladue Estates put on by preservationist group ModernSTL.
Suzanne loves the large lot and the walls of windows facing the yard in front and back, as well as the open floor plan. Vaulted ceilings and a stone fireplace make a dramatic and beautiful statement in the living room, accented with modern white leather couches that fold down into daybeds with a simple click.
The home is decorated in a fairly neutral color palate throughout with small bursts of accent colors here and there. The master bedroom is the exception with walls painted a soothing periwinkle. Above the bed hangs a trio of illustrations by famous American artist Margaret Keane, known for her depiction of doe-eyed children popular in the 1960s.