by Debbie Monterrey, dcmonterrey@cbs.com

At the turn of the last century, St. Louis’ captains of industry and other wealthy citizens began moving west, out of the increasingly industrialized and crowded city (what is now Downtown). That westward expansion into farmland and country extended to Compton Heights (I-44 and Grand).

One of the gorgeous homes on the Compton Heights/Compton Hill Home Tour (Photo by and courtesy of Michael C. Daft)

One of the gorgeous homes on the Compton Heights/Compton Hill Home Tour (Photo by and courtesy of Michael C. Daft)

Here is the KMOX interview about Compton Heights with Andrew Weil and Debbie Monterrey that aired Friday, May 13th.

 

“[Compton Heights is] the most grand collection of residential architecture on the south side,” says Andrew Weil of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis.

“The neighborhood was platted in the 1880s with construction going through about 1913. Before the neighborhood was laid out, the area was a mix of farms, summer homes and country estates.”

One of the gorgeous homes on the Compton Heights/Compton Hill Home Tour (Photo by and courtesy of Michael C. Daft)

One of the gorgeous homes on the Compton Heights/Compton Hill Home Tour (Photo by and courtesy of Michael C. Daft)

Compton Heights was known as a German enclave with lots of German business owners and brewers, like Anheusers and Griesediecks.

Weil says these homes are just as grand today, if not more so, than they were then and are a labor of love for the current owners and the neighborhood. From the exteriors to the design to interior finishes, they spared no expense in building these gorgeous houses.

The basement bowling lane at the Magic Chef Mansion, one of the gorgeous homes on the Compton Heights/Compton Hill Home Tour (Photo by and courtesy of Michael C. Daft)

The basement bowling lane at the Magic Chef Mansion, one of the gorgeous homes on the Compton Heights/Compton Hill Home Tour (Photo by and courtesy of Michael C. Daft)

To purchase tickets to the 2016 Compton Heights and Compton Hill House Tour on May 21st and 22nd, click here. 

 

One of the gorgeous homes on the Compton Heights/Compton Hill Home Tour (Photo by and courtesy of Michael C. Daft)

One of the gorgeous homes on the Compton Heights/Compton Hill Home Tour (Photo by and courtesy of Michael C. Daft)