14 December 2005
Armstrong designed this medical office building at 227 North Kirkwood Road in 1941 for Dr. J. Wieneke and Dr. P. Rutledge. This building is no longer extant.
Oddly, another medical office building, brick with metal spandrel panels, was later constructed nearby (probably in the 1950s). This later building was four stories tall, but had a facade at the ground level with many features mimicking Armstrong's design.
For example, the cantilevered porte-cochere was repeated with aluminum coping in place of wood. The built-in planter with glazing above was also used along with the 'L'-shaped wall surface along the bottom and left side of the facade. It appears to be highly unlikely that this building was remodelled as described.
I'm guessing that perhaps this building was demolished as part of the development of this part of the street and Dr. Wieneke and Dr. Rutledge agreed to move into the new building if they could retain certain features. If anyone knows whether this is in fact what took place (or something else altogether), I would greatly appreciate input and feedback.
Photograph courtesy of the Harris Armstrong Archives, Special Collections, Washington University in Saint Louis.