Historic Preservation

News Release
April 22, 2005

The Twillman House Featured
During Historic Preservation Week

Landmarks Association of St. Louis has chosen The Twillman House, at Bellefontaine and Redman in Spanish Lake, as one of three North St. Louis County buildings that will be featured during their annual Historic Preservation Week, May 14 - May 22. The Spanish Lake Community Association recently purchased this historic building and plans to turn it into a community center for the residents of Spanish Lake.

On Sunday afternoon, May 22nd, from 2-5 p.m., The Twillman House will be open for tours as part of Landmarks’ Sunday Drives in the County. Displays at the house will feature historic photographs, the architectural plans for its renovation, a concept plan for the site and a video tape featuring the History of Spanish Lake, narrated by Esley Hamilton, Historic Preservationist for the County Parks Department.

This will be the first year that Landmarks has featured County properties. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the building in its “before renovation” condition and also learn first-hand about the challenges that the community association faces. Residents interested in learning more about this project are welcome to attend.

Landmarks coordinates local tours and events each May during National Historic Preservation Week. Inaugurated in 1996, their Eleven Most Enhanced Award Ceremony recognizes noteworthy preservation efforts in St. Louis. The list complements the Eleven Most Endangered tally, an annual compilation calling attention to the City’s most threatened landmarks.

Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1959. Its mission is to preserve, enhance and promote St. Louis' architectural heritage and to encourage sound planning and excellence in contemporary design. With over 1500 members, Landmarks is the primary advocate for the historic built environment of St. Louis.

The Spanish Lake Community Association works to encourage cooperative efforts among the Spanish Lake community, churches, schools, businesses and government in order to benefit all the residents of Spanish Lake.