Having graduated from the University of Missouri – St.
Louis, with a degree in Business Administration, Steve landed
a job with a company specializing in automated process controls
systems. While his primary training and responsibility involved
sales and marketing, he also gained experience in service and
project management. His job description and training
included interfacing with engineers, software specialists,
plant and production personnel, and executive management. The
products were routinely designed into new facilities, exposing
Steve to large scale processing plant construction. Once
his systems were on site, planning meetings and system integration
introduced Steve to Project Management and the many nuances
of construction. During his fourteen year career, his territory
covered over 30 states, as well as South and Central America,
Mexico, and Canada.
Exposure to new large-scale commercial construction created
a strong interest in pursuing a new career path.
Crowdus Custom Homes and Remodeling has
become a company that focuses on personal attention with professional
results. We pride ourselves on caring for the customer, listening
to their needs, and responding with results. We value every
person that is on our team, often referring to them as “technicians” rather
We have learned that a successful project begins with considerate,
thoughtful, and thorough planning. We appreciate, encourage,
and reward thinking outside the box – preferring a more
analytical approach to all aspects of the design and construction
Crowdus Custom Homes and Remodeling is driven to provide the
highest level of quality at an affordable price. It is our
goal to achieve that of absolute customer satisfaction.
Steve Crowdus -- St. Louis Roots – with a Kentucky
Steve is a tenth generation American and third generation
James Caldwell Crowdus II was borne in Kentucky August 15,
1860. At the age of eighteen, he moved to Texas to begin his
career. There he bought and resold wool and animal hides from
western trappers and traders. Much of his merchandise was then
sold to a company in St. Louis. The St. Louis based company
invited James to join him in St. Louis in 1893. Subsequently,
Crowdus Hide, Fur, and Wool was formed and continued in existence
until James’ death in 1918. During his early years in
St. Louis, James invested the earnings of his company in real
estate. As his holdings grew, he formed another company called
the James C. Crowdus Realty Company.
James had a daughter and two sons, James Albert, (Steve’s
grandfather) and William Warren Crowdus.
With a love for radio, James Albert was the first amateur
radio operator in St. Louis to speak by radio to an airplane
flying overhead. During WWI he served as a Radio Man 1-Class
aboard an L-Class submarine – his was the first submarine
to cross the Atlantic. Toward the end of the war, the British
captured and turned over to the United States a German U-boat.
The United States wanted the U-boat returned state side for
study. James Albert, along with a complete U.S. Submarine crew
was selected to man the U-boat for its voyage to the U.S. This
was a challenging assignment given the differences in design,
configuration, and presence of German nomenclature. As a decorated
WWI war veteran, following the war, James would go on to run
the reality company until his death in 1970 at the age of 72.
Having earned his law degree in 1922, William Warren would
become a prominent St. Louis attorney. He became President
of the St. Louis Bar Association in 1942 and in 1963 served
as an interim United States District Attorney where he was
involved in the investigation of labor racketeering in the
In 1933, President Roosevelt established “United States
Territorial Expansion Commission”, and selected William
Crowdus to chair its efforts. William Crowdus and other
civic leaders had already begun plans to memorialize St. Louis
as the “Gateway to the West”, forming a committee
to celebrate the rich discovery of the Louisiana Territory
and the efforts of Lewis and Clark. Later, William Crowdus
would be named the President of the “Jefferson National
Expansion Memorial Association”. Through the efforts
of this group with the complete support of U. S. Government,
the Gateway Arch was completed on October 28, 1965.
Steve’s father James C. Crowdus III served in the United
States Navy during WWII as a Electronic Technician 3rd Class
aboard the USS Pyro, an ammunition re-supply ship. Following
the Navy, he attended college for two years at UCLA completing
his degree at the University of Illinois where he graduated
Magna Cum Laude. Following his formal education, he returned
to St. Louis to pursue a career in accounting, retiring in
1988 from McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Corporation.
Steve and Susie Love the St. Louis area, are actively involved
with their family and church, and support their local schools
and charities. Like the family members who preceded Steve,
he wishes to make a difference in his community and the lives
of his family, friends, customers, and acquaintances.