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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 17: Pennsylvania Avenue Between Osage and Keokuk Streets

Looking west down Osage Street, we see some early Twentieth Century four-families, as well as some earlier red brick houses. Continuing north up Pennsylvania past Osage, we see more of the beautiful red brick, and increasingly trimmed with glazed white… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 16: Pennsylvania Avenue Between Gasconade and Osage Streets

North of Gasconade Street, there is a long apartment building, which is amazingly stuffed into what is really the space for a large house. It shows how much demand there once was for high density housing in the early decades… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 15: Pennsylvania Avenue Between Meramec and Gasconade Streets

Just north of Meramec Street, Pennsylvania Avenue has a row of Arts and Crafts two-family apartment buildings, built in 1927. Some have had their second floor porches preserved, but the one below has had it ingloriously removed and patched poorly.… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 14: Michigan Avenue Between Meramec and Gasconade Streets

The first one hundred feet of the quiet one block stretch of Michigan Avenue between Meramec Street at St. Anthony of Padua, and Gasconade Street at Marquette Park near the pool house, seems normal enough for the neighborhood of Dutchtown.… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 13: Virginia Avenue Between Keokuk and Chippewa Streets

Heading up Virginia Avenue, we have firmly left the Victorian Age; the playful styles of the Nineteenth Century are gone, and we now see architecture that is far more rectilinear and severe. It is very beautiful, and relies on bricks… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 12: Keokuk Street Between Arkansas and Louisiana Avenues

We pick up our Beauty of Dutchtown series where we left off with Part 11, now on Keokuk Street, northwest of Marquette Park. The brick masons used different colors of brick to make little designs, and created cornices and other… Continue Reading

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Chippewa Street Between Compton and Tennessee Avenues, Dutchtown

We now jump to the south side of Chippewa Street, and we are magically in Dutchtown! The house above is somewhat famous for the huge weeds that sometimes swallow it in the summer. Now that Fall of 2019 has arrived,… Continue Reading

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Chippewa Street Between Arkansas and Tennessee Avenues, Gravois Park

Just west of Arkansas, prosperity ironically led to the annihilation of the historic buildings due to the need for parking lots for a bank. To the southwest, of course, was the old St. Anthony’s Hospital, which then went through different… Continue Reading

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Chippewa Street Between Tennessee and Virginia Avenues, Gravois Park

Between Tennessee and Virginia avenues, Chippewa Street is almost entirely residential, and the buildings are a mixture of different revival styles from around the year 1900. They are in great shape, for the most part. So much for those balconies,… Continue Reading

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Chippewa Street from Virginia to Oregon Avenues, Gravois Park

Hold on to your seats, because I need to do some explaining. In between Jefferson Avenue and Grand Boulevard, Chippewa Street bisects two neighborhoods, Gravois Park to the north, and Dutchtown to the south. As I think I’ve pointed out… Continue Reading