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Real estate broker preserves home of renowned architect in Ladue
AT HOME • Ted Wight

Real estate broker preserves home of renowned architect in Ladue

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When the mother of local real estate broker Ted Wight was ready to downsize from her Ladue ranch house and move to a condo last year, Ted was ready to buy and move into the home, with the intent of preserving its original beauty. His mother’s house was no ordinary ranch — it was designed by renowned local architect William Adair Bernoudy, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Much of Wright’s influence can be seen in Bernoudy’s designs, most of which are in the St. Louis area and include both residential and commercial projects. Ted’s house is even more unique in that it is the house Bernoudy designed for himself and lived in with his wife, Gertrude.

Ted’s parents were the home’s second owners, purchasing it from Bernoudy’s widow after his death. Ted and his three brothers were grown by then and his parents were empty nesters — making the cozy two-bedroom, two-bath house the perfect space for the couple. They lived there happily for 20 years. During that time, Ted developed a strong appreciation for Bernoudy’s work and midcentury modern design. His mother knew that he would be the ideal buyer for the house because he would preserve its architectural integrity and respect it for the work of art it is.

Ted moved in last year and recently enlisted the help of local interior designer David Deatherage, who specializes in midcentury modern furnishings and décor. David has been working with Ted to incorporate signature midcentury designer pieces that fit perfectly with Bernoudy’s architecture in both the main home and its detached guest house, which serves as a perfect hangout and sleeping quarters for Ted’s two sons, who visit regularly.

The main house may be small at just more than 1,500 square feet, but it is a well-designed use of space. The main living/dining area is flooded with light from a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, including an original stained glass window designed by Bernoudy. The vaulted ceilings make the space feel larger and highlight the stunning original wood built-in shelving unit and brick wall with fireplace.

Ted removed the maple flooring his parents had installed to expose the home’s original cork floors, which have some wear but provide an interesting texture and color that looks something like well-worn leather.

Though the inside of the house is filled with unique woodwork, built-ins and special Bernoudy touches, the most delightful thing about it is the serene setting. Creating living spaces in harmony with their natural surroundings was a cornerstone of both Frank Lloyd Wright’s and Bernoudy’s design philosophies, and Ted’s house is a perfect example. Though its address is on a main road, the house is separated from the road by the guest house, and its front door faces into the spacious, wooded lot, offering a view of nothing but trees, as well as the surrounding brick patios and a small splash or “martini” pool.

“I love that it’s a ‘Wow’ house,” Ted says. “I hope it inspires other people to find homes like this and want to preserve them.”

He may be just the person to help with that. Ted has listed and brokered the sale of numerous notable midcentury modern homes throughout St. Louis, including three other homes by Bernoudy, as well as homes by Harris Armstrong, Eugene Mackey and Ralph Fournier, among others. He documents his own remodel as well as some of these other signature homes on his popular blog, Ted Wight’s St. Louis Style, which can be found at

{hr /}Ted Wight

Age • 48

Occupation • Broker at Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty

Home • Ladue

Family • Ted has two sons, Nicholas and Teddy, 19 and 20 respectively

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