By Alan Brainerd Photography by Michael Jacob
At home with Ken & Phyllis lAngsdorf
the breadth of the couple’s art collection is represented in the home’s entryway. Contemporary canvases, pieces made of glass and wood and photography make up the bulk of their collection.
en and Phyllis Langsdorf purchased their fabulous top-floor duplex overlooking Forest Park 17 years ago after deciding to sell their home on Lindell Boulevard. They oversaw a complete gut rehab of the home alongside architect David Mason and interior designer Mary Fischer (who has, sadly, since passed away). Together, the team created a gorgeous interior that has withstood the test of time. Phyllis originally hails from Dallas. She arrived in St. Louis via Houston, where she worked in the fashion industry, catching the professional eye of famous St. Louis retailer, J. Arthur “Cubby” Baer of department store chain Stix, Baer & Fuller. After arriving in St. Louis for the new position, she met Ken, a real estate investor and attorney. The couple always has been civic-minded and very involved in the St. Louis community. Most recently, Ken was a member of the Grand Center board, and Phyllis is active on the boards of the St. Louis Fashion Fund, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Women of Achievement and has recently rotated off the Sheldon Arts Foundation Board of Directors. Since the Langsdorfs moved into the building, it has received more than $10 million in necessary improvements, something Phyllis is passionate about as the building’s board president. All of the building’s windows, for example, have been replaced from the third floor up, which allows homeowners to not only enjoy the art and collections in pure daylight (as, previously, window coverings had to be closed to protect fabrics and art), but also to take in the beautiful city views, which extend past the Gateway Arch. LadueNews.com | sePtemBer 4, 2015