The Lindenwood Park Neighborhood Association Century Homes Program is dedicated to preserving the local historic integrity and character of our neighborhood. Using city property records, the program recognizes homes that have reached 100 years old and qualify for Century Home status.
The LPNA offers a way to honor your Century Home through the sale of a custom-made plaque. Each plaque displays the Century Home logo and the year of construction. Eligible homeowners will be invited to purchase a pre-drilled plaque to mount on the exterior of the home. The plaque showcases the history of the home and provides a visual marker in the community. Proceeds from the Century Homes Program are earmarked for LPNA beautification projects and other neighborhood activities. If your home is at least 100 years old, the LPNA will mail an announcement with details on how to purchase a Lindenwood Park Neighborhood Association Century Home plaque.
Plaque Details: 8 inches wide by 6.25-inch high oval; Stainless Steel; 10.38 oz.
Each plaque displays the year that the home was built.
For more information on the Century Homes Program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Our First LPNA Century Home Plaque Owners
After living in St. Louis for the better part of 20 years—most recently in Dogtown—the husband and wife team of Ed Spevak and Mary Brong were looking for a larger home in a quiet neighborhood. Also on their wishlist? An older home—perhaps a farmhouse—with plenty of space for gardening.
After nearly two years of searching, they found the large grey 1889 farmhouse anchoring a corner of the 6900 block of Pernod. The easy commute to the St. Louis Zoo—where Mary works as Director of Exhibits and Interpretation and Ed as Curator of Invertebrates & Director-Center of Native Pollinator Conservation—was appealing. The home’s nearly 11′ ceilings and hardwood floors sealed the deal.
Neighbors have told them this house sat on one of the oldest and largest farms in the Lindenwood Park Neighborhood. Some of the original features of the home were lost during a prior modernization, but there remain intriguing hints it may also have been converted to a multi-family dwelling during one period in its past. Features include a partially renovated attic accessible only through a trapdoor and a staircase to the basement hidden in a closet. The couple plans more research into the entire history of their home.
Since moving in three years ago, Mary and Ed have created a home reflective of things important to them while respecting the home’s history. Floor-to-ceiling bookcases in an unused nook hold their book collection. A “cat fence” encloses the backyard assuring safety for their three beloved cats and the neighborhood songbirds. Look closely and you’ll notice bee houses and habitat for native pollinators. Perhaps most notable as you walk the neighborhood, are the solar panels (added to the roof in December 2019), and the many native plants, flowers, and trees throughout the yard.
Ed and Mary acknowledge “zoo people” tend to be conservationists and they are no different. The phone app included with their solar panel installation shows 14,000 lbs of CO2 saved to date…the equivalent of planting 105 trees. Each year they increase the number of native plantings toward their ultimate goal of having 70% supporting native birds, pollinators, and other wildlife. Their wild plum, serviceberry, and other fruiting plants produce food for the birds (and humans) plus create habitat for hungry caterpillars which are critical to the songbird diet as they build their nests and raise their young.
In addition to the native neighborhood garden at Wabash and Oleatha, the Spevak’s have noticed an increase in native plantings throughout the neighborhood and note the importance of creating these habitat corridors. Ed and Mary encourage anyone interested in learning more about native plants and creating wildlife habitat to check out GrowNative.org, DarkSky.org, and the St. Louis Audubon Society’s “Bring Conservation Home” program.
Click the images to view the Spevak’s century home photo gallery.
House History Research Resources:
St. Louis-MO.Gov Address and Property Search
Missouri Historical Society House Resources
St. Louis City Building Department House Numbering Certificates
(Please note: St. Louis Public Library cardholders can access the Newspapers.com database)
Archives from the Recorder of Deeds