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  Master Planning for a Hunting, Golf & Equestrian Estate Community
Pike County
Missouri USA 2008 & 2009
W. F. Heartwell Architect
  BS01 - Entrance to Site BS02 - Top of Ridge Looking West BS03 - Top of Ridge Looking East BS04 - North South Access Route BS05 - Intersection with East West Ridge Road BS06 - Continuation of North South Ridge Road
  BS07 - Porposed Site for Aquatic Center & Boutique Hotel BS08 - Proposed Site for Golf Club House BS09 - Proposed Site for North 18 Hole Golf Course BS10 - Creek and Water Fall BS11 - Road Heading North East BS12 - Division of Road Heading South to othe CGolf Course
    BS13 - South Meadow & Pond - Location Of S0uth 18 Hole Golf Course BS14 - Road Back to North South Ridge BS15 - Continuation of Road - Connection to Residential Area BS16 - Creek in North Meadow Below East West Ridge BS17 - East West Ridge Road Leading Down to Meadows BS18 - North West Meadow and Exit to Highway

South West Entrance to Site
Highway Beyond

Continuation of North/South Access Road
Proposed Site of Aquatic Center &
Boutique Hotel

Meadow Stretching South West
Existing Pond
Proposed Location of Second Golf Course

Top of Ridge Looking West
Proposed Location of Main Access Road

Top of Ridge at Intersection of
The Two Meadows
Proposed Site of the Golf Club House

Road Back to
North/South Ridge
Connection to Club House

Top of Ridge Looking East
Proposed Location of the
Equestrian Center

North Meadow
Proposed Site of
18 hole Golf Course

Continuation of
Road West to Main Ridge Road
Connection to Proposed Residential Area

North/South Access Road
Along Ridge
Proposed Residential Area

Creek and Water Fall
North of Meadow
Continuation of the Golf Course

Creek and Meadow
North of East/West Ridge Road

Intersection with East/West
Ridge Road
Proposed Second Residential Area

Road Heading North East
Looking Back South to Creek
Continuation of the Golf Course

Ridge Road Leading Down to
South East and North East

Continuation of North/South
Access Road

Road Diverts to the North & South
North Connects to the County Road
South Connects to Another Meadow

Ridge Road
Connecting to North West Meadow
Creek at Bottom of Road
Second Connection to the Highway


The Site, located about a one hour drive north of St. Louis, Missouri is comprised of 2 parcels of land, totalling approximately 1,200 acres. The closest towns to the site are Hannibal just to the north along the highway, Bowling Green - the County Seat - to the south, and Louisiana to the south east on the Mississippi River. Essentially the property is located in the heart of Mark Twain country.

Most architecturally noteworthy, is the City of Louisiana, known for its commercial Victorian Streetscape, also known as the Georgia Street Historical District. As well, many of the private residences are listed on the National Historic Register of Historical Places. Hence, the City is a major draw and has many seasonal festivals. A brief walking tour of the City is presented below.

As for the site, the topography of the land varies greatly with several meadows located between lime stone ridges running both north/south and east/west across the property, with only a small portion of the land suitable for farming. Currently a multi-generation family lives on the property, and the land is mostly used for hunting.

The Project Manager, who is a long time friend of the family, proposed developing the property for recreational use creating an Estate Community which would cater to the residents of St Louis. It would be a condominium development of approximately 50 homes carefully located along the existing ridge roads. All residences would have forest views and minimal overlook to neighbouring homes. The residences would be supported by a small farmers market located near the south end of the property which would also be accessible to the general public. An Equestrian Center would be developed in the southern meadow near the Site entrance and would have direct access to the highway. A Boutique Hotel, an Aquatic Center, and a Golf Club with two 18 hole golf courses would be located at the center of the property. And the northern section of the property would be left for riding trails and hunting. A walking tour of the site is presented above, and essentially follows the existing roads in a figure eight pattern starting at the south west corner of the property.

With the property being accessible on all four sides by existing county roads, and the possibility of future expansion, the property has many potential directions for development. When a large gas pipe line servicing the Eastern US, was installed in the southern meadow, it provided the impetus to further investigate the development potential. The Project Manager, with whom I had consulted with several years earlier on a residential project in California, asked me to be the Design Consultant for the project. I visited the site several times to experience it in different seasons. Each time, in consultation with the Owner, we refined our design direction. Although we were not able to consolidate our concepts in a final design due to the economic downturn, we were able to establish two potential building sites for the Owner's new residences. The first residence would be located in the southern meadow, and would house the Owner's extended family while the second residence would be built. Then the first residence would act as the development office and provide accommodation for visiting consultants.

The second residence would be designed not only for the family but also as a bed and breakfast facility, which would accommodate guests who wished to hunt as well as potential investors visiting the site. Plans for these facilities were well developed but were put on hold until financing could be secured in a healthier economic environment. The residential concepts and selected sites are presented in the following web pages.

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    DL10 DL06 DL13 DL09 DL07 DL08
    DL12 DL14 DL15 DL16 DL17 DL18
    Champ Clark Bridge - US 54 to Illinois
The Mississippi River

Residence with Additions
Federal Design (Gothic Revival)
Under Renovation

Residence with Additions
Side View
Under Renovation

Cliffs Along
The Mississippi River

View of the Mississippi
Second Street

Edwardian Residence
(With Vinyl Siding)

Riverview Cemetery
Overlooking the Mississippi

Victorian Residence
(Italianate Style)
Originally the P. Stark Sr. Residence

Prairie Style Residence
(Attributed to FLW)

Downtown Louisiana
Colorfest Celebrations

Greek Revival
Originally the Lawrence Stark Residence

Anglican Church
Greek Revival Style
With Victorian Gothic Windows

Federal Clapboard
With Additions
Dr, N. C. Hardin House

Antebellum Residence
(Greek Revival)
Originally Dr. Keith's Residence

Antebellum Residence
(Greek Revival)
Originally Burns Family Residence

Typical Commercial &
Industrial Stone Work

Antebellum Residence
(Greek Revival)
Originally the Edward McQuie Residence

Brick Barn
Belonging to
Antebellum Residence