Rick Wood, an architectural scale model builder with a love of comics and music, serves as coordinator of the annual KDHX-sponsored "Twangfest" music festival at Blueberry Hill. One day back in July 2005, he got a call from a band traveling through town that needed a place to play on just four days' notice. Unable to find an open venue, Rick and his wife, Nancy, said, "Let's just have it at the house." Five years later, the Woods have opened their 1940 art deco brick home in Clayton for 60 private concerts — known locally as The Wood House Concerts (woodhouseconcerts.com).
The informal monthly shows entertain an audience of 50 to 80 guests, who all bring a dish potluck style and gather around the Woods' large kitchen/family room, an addition they built onto the original house seven years ago. The addition offers a modern, open space that blends seamlessly with the original house, which has art deco features such as arched doorways and a dramatically curved wrought-iron banister on the wooden staircase.
The house is a perfect backdrop for music and entertaining, painted in comic book bright colors with comic-inspired art at every turn. As a model builder, Rick enjoys creating 3-D art pieces, including wood cutout art. He has a series of cartoon figures adorning the family room windowsill, including Keith Richards as he appeared on "The Simpsons." Rick also makes humorous wind-powered toys, which he displays in the dining room. In the living room, Spiderman scales a "building" that is actually a TV cabinet, and a smaller cabinet featuring a scene from the Lone Ranger stands nearby.
Every week, we feature a St. Louis-area home to showcase, usually because of its great style; but sometimes, just being quirky earns it the distinction.