Solarium across front of Bridgeton house wowed couple, years before they bought it | Home & Garden
Linda Bowers grows orchids, small trees and night-blooming cereus flowers in the solarium. Three of the bedrooms in the house open onto the solarium on the second floor.
The library at Linda and Conrad Bowers’ Bridgeton home, Thursday March 4, 2021. Photo by Hillary Levin, [email protected]
Bradley Bowers built an entirely new kitchen when he designed the addition. The Bowerses wanted an open space that they could use for entertainment.
The tablecloth on the dining table of Linda and Conrad Bowers ‘Bridgeton house was crocheted by Linda Bowers’ mother in 1940. Photo by Hillary Levin, [email protected]
Art fills Linda and Conrad Bowers’ Bridgeton home on Thursday March 4, 2021. Linda is a former art teacher in the Pattonville borough. Her son Bradley is an artist who created the many vessels in the center that can be seen around her home. Photo by Hillary Levin, [email protected]
One of the three guest rooms that were original for the house. Each bedroom has an attic and a ladder that Linda Bowers likes to use to display quilts.
The player piano in Linda and Conrad Bowers’ Bridgeton house was remodeled in the 1990s and is functional, see Thursday March 4, 2021. Photo by Hillary Levin, [email protected]
The living room is one of the few rooms on the ground floor that was not expanded during the renovation. Bradley Bowers made an oak bookcase over the solarium door that runs across the living room and dining room walls.
A solarium runs across the front of the Bowerses house. Before the renovations, sunlight falling on the solarium window wall was the only source of heat for the house.
From Monica Obradovic Special to Post-Dispatch
When Conrad Bowers saw the house, he immediately regretted telling his wife, Linda, to pick whatever house she wanted while it was in Bridgeton.
It was 2002. The St. Louis Airport Authority just bought the Bowerses family home in Bridgeton to make way for a $ 1 billion runway. The Bowers needed a house quickly.
Bridgeton couple Linda and Conrad Bowers lived in 3 houses in town.
But when Conrad saw Linda’s first choice, a solar house without a heating system, he immediately said: “No way.”
The house was love at first sight for Linda, who attended a party 13 years before the house was hers. At the time, Linda was an art teacher at Pattonville Junior High School. She often stopped by and admired the house on the way to school.
“It’s a house for art teachers,” says Linda. “It has more personality than any house in the neighborhood.”
Despite his initial disdain for the house, Conrad’s mind would quickly change.
The Bowerses have doubled the size of the house since they bought it. Bradley Bowers, Conrad and Linda’s son, designed the addition. He agreed with his father when he first saw his mother’s choice. The entire house had to be updated. The cedar siding that covered the exterior of the house fell apart.
“My first reaction was, ‘It’s ugly,'” says Bradley with a laugh, “but now I love it.”