Philip Durham, Architect of Citygarden Restaurant, Dies at 57

By on September 11, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Philip Durham, an architect who designed Citygarden’s restaurant along with graceful homes and commercial projects, died Wednesday (Sept. 5, 2018) of a heart attack at his home in Soulard. He was 57.

“Phil was able to exceed all expectations in design for both beauty and function,” Bill Bowersox, partner at architecture firm Powers Bowersox, said. “He was one of the very top.”

Mr. Durham designed the downtown sculpture garden’s largely glass building in the style of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, topping it with a grass roof. Office workers above could look down on more green in the two-block urban park. The building now houses a Kaldi’s Coffee house and event space.

Mr. Durham was on the board of trustees of the Gateway Foundation, the nonprofit that spearheaded the creation of Citygarden.

In 2016, he was named to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows in the design category, becoming only the seventh local architect so honored.

“It’s not something I ever anticipated getting,” Mr. Durham said at the time.

Other projects Mr. Durham designed or contributed to ranged from expansive Ladue homes to the William Shearburn Gallery to Bethany Place in Belleville.

“His nuance and his style and his love for modernism was really amazing,” said a longtime friend and previous client, Thomas Adams.

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