Bittner Avenue just south of Holy Cross Church is beautiful, but it’s so sad to see all of the abandonment. This house, on the corner of Bittner and Church Road, is trashed, and you can look right in.
At the intersection of Bittner and Switzer are a couple of houses that seem fortified against the nearby train tracks and cut-through traffic. I think these houses are occupied. Then there are these two well-kept Colonial Revival houses.
Moving away from the sound of traffic on Broadway, Bittner Street offers some nice, well-kept houses, with most of the buildings occupied. Unlike across Broadway, where the houses are wood frame, these are all solid brick buildings.
This is the third of three weeks on Thursdays and Fridays, where I’ve been looking at the three east-west streets parallel to Cherokee Street in Gravois Park, the neighborhood to the south of the famous commercial artery. This is where the east-west streets… Continue Reading
Designed by Hugo K. Graf and Wilber Tyson Trueblood, Jackson Park Elementary School opened in 1933. Famed architect William Ittner added on some additions in 1952, late in his career. The school is a wonderful example of late Romanesque Revival… Continue Reading
This guy sits all by itself, in the broad swath of land on the north side of Bittner Street.
Church Road south of Bittner Street is where we start to really see the good, bad and the ugly. It’s a fascinating mix of wood frame houses, in styles that are usually in brick in most of the city. But… Continue Reading
Clay School is alive and well, and has received Prop S dollars to keep the building up to date. I hope it stays open for a long time. Its striking front entrance portal, complete with a colonnaded pediment above, welcomes… Continue Reading
More Tudor Revival splendor at the intersection of Kingshighway and Gravois, at the old Ittner-Milligan school that is now a charter school. The building is shaped like a cursive letter V, and uses the odd shaped plot of land in… Continue Reading
While Ittner and Milligan schools in St. Louis are amazing, it’s always interesting to see how educational architecture developed after their tenure. George Sanger took over as architect of St. Louis Public Schools in the early Twentieth Century. Many of… Continue Reading