Chuck Berry's St. Louis Homes and Properties Before He Was Rich and Famous [Photos]

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Chris Naffziger
With this home, on a private street in north city, Chuck Berry had at last arrived.

13 Windermere Place
By the late 1950s Chuck Berry was constantly on the road touring and starting to receive handsome royalty checks for his music. He had finally made it, and in 1958 he and Themetta (whom he calls "Toddy") purchased what would be their last property in St. Louis before the money really started flowing and he moved on to mansions west of town. Writes Berry of his home on Windermere Place:
Jully 11, 1958, I purchased a large eleven-room dwelling on the northern half of a private street, 13 Windermere Place, for $30,000. It was more elaborate than anything Toddy and I'd ever dreamed of living in.

Contact the author at chad.garrison@riverfronttimes.com or on Twitter @chadgarrison.

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21 comments
Mark Swain
Mark Swain

Because tracking the cakes is much more educational and rewarding.

Mark Alan
Mark Alan

that lil house looks to have much more charm than his current home - I mean the guitar shaped pool and all those trailers on his yard are a lil tacky in my opinion.

Stephen Mennemeyer
Stephen Mennemeyer

Hey everyone were extending an invite to come check us out for all your blues memorabilia and just having a great time. We're having an event on the 12th for all types of fun and prizes. If your a blues fan you don't want to miss this! www.facebook.com/groups/StlouisHockeyBuySellTrade/

Dan Sterkin
Dan Sterkin

Doesn't Berry have enough in his accounts to save his historic home if he wanted to?

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Nothing says "close this tab" like a slideshow.

Tom Archer
Tom Archer

What will the city be doing with the property?

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