Ladue, MO

The historic Rudolph and Dorothy C. Czufin House in a St. Louis suburb is incredible

CJ Coombs
The Rudolph and Dorothy C. Czufin House, Ladue, Missouri.Photo byLittleT889, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Rudolph and Dorothy C. Czufin House is historic. It was built around 1950-1951. This house is located at 24 Dielman Road in Ladue, Missouri, which is what is called an inner suburb of St. Louis. Visit here to see some fabulous photos of this gorgeous and interesting home.

An inner suburb is a suburban community central to a large city, or at the inner city and central business district. (Source.)

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 12, 2002. The architectural style is Modern Movement/Wrightian. It wasn't built in the 1800s or even the early 1900s, but it's significant in the area of architecture. It was designed by the firm of Bernoudy-Mutrux Architects.

This is a split-level brick home displaying the Wrightian style of design. If you're a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, you probably picked up on that already. This house is so amazing inside with the flooring, and the lighting with all the windows, and ceilings. According to the Redfin real estate website, it was last sold in 2019.

The house is on a hillside in a wooded area in Ladue. While the house is addressed on Dielman Road, it's the back of the house that actually faces it. The use of natural materials makes the house belong in its location. The bathroom is fabulous. It's so large!

This house is one of the earliest designs by Bernoudy-Mutrux Architects out of St. Louis. This was a respected Saint Louis architectural firm of the post-World War II era residential designers. William Adair Bernoudy studied under Frank Lloyd Wright with Edouard Jules Mutrux. Their partnership dissolved in 1966. They were well-known for their designs of private homes.

The Czufin House wasn't the first project that Bernoudy and Mutrux worked on together. Before 1950, their firm had only seven of their designs built. This included a house for Mutrux's sister in 1939. They even designed their office in 1947.

The construction began on the home in Ladue during the fall of 1950, and after it was completed the following year, the Czufins moved in.

Rudolph Czufin

Czufin was the art director and vice president of Gardner Advertising. His wife, Dorothy, and their son, Frederick, were already living in Ladue before their house was built. They commissioned the Bernoudy-Mutrux firm to design their new house.

While the house looks like a two-story home, it's a split-level. me. The garage, laundry room, and Czufin's studio were on the lower level.

The studio has exposed brick interior walls. Light comes into the house in so many places. The vaulted ceiling in the living room is so attractive. In 1963, the second owners moved in. In the late 1970s, Bernoudy created plans for the in-ground pool and fountain. This was built in 1980. The pool terrace is another amazing feature.

The third owners of the home in the late 1990s bought it because of the value of the designs of Bernoudy. They rehabilitated the home which included a kitchen redesign. They also removed the shag carpeting and heavy drapes to give it a more open look.

For further reading on Frank Lloyd Wright, visit here.

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