House at Longview Farms Park

Town & Country, Missouri (2008)

Award for Distinction, St. Louis AIA, 2009

House at Longview Farms Park

Town & Country, Missouri (2008)

Longview Farm Park is the remnant of a farm that may have been settled as early as the 1820s.  The farm was divided several times and the house modified over the years.  The city acquired the 30 acre property for use as a park in 2000.  The park contains horse stables, tennis courts, picnic and playgrounds, a nature preserve, walking trails and a small fishing pond.  It also retains the historic farm house whose structure contains a log cabin believed to be one of the oldest houses in the county.

Powers Bowersox Associates, Inc. was retained to work with a committee represented by staff, elected officials, and citizens to renovate the house, and to design a new “community living room” connected to the historic farm house.  The addition is a long low pavilion type structure that quietly compliments the historic house.  It provides  a multipurpose community room, catering kitchen,  office space for the city’s parks and recreation department, a volunteer gardening club and other local not-for-profit groups, and maintenance storage. It is designed  to permit the house and the addition to function separately, or combined as a single venue for community events.

Award for Distinction, St. Louis AIA, 2009