Eastern Midtown, Sunset

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East of the giant parking lots that sit empty most of the year is a rapidly developing neighborhood with great businesses.  The architecture is usually from the early Twentieth Century, replacing the mansions and upper middle class houses that spread to the neighborhood in the Nineteenth Century.  I hope one day wasteful surface parking lots will all be gone.

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This building was never a church, though its form would suggest so.  I have heard that it was actually an office building originally.

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The neighborhood was also originally nicknamed “Piety Hill” due to the proliferation of churches back in the Nineteenth Century.  Many of the churches, having survived blight, fires and abandonment, are still occupied and active congregations.

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2 Responses

  1. Tom Maher-Kirkwood

    10/15/2013, 02:23 pm

    I’m pretty sure that wondrous building in the third photo was originally a private dwelling. Perhaps I saw it in Built St. Louis or a similar blog.

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    • samizdat

      10/16/2013, 08:19 am

      It was originally built for an insurance company, and is now being occupied by a tech co of some variety. If I recall correctly, the second building (across the parking lot, in the background), was a burn hospital at one time. (In a small conference room inside the patient services office of the Center for Advance Medicine there is a photo of this building, address of Theresa and Washington, which should match this location)

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