Irving School, Hyde Park

Documented by the Preservation Research Office back in 2005, I was surprised to see that the building has been renovated into apartments, which are well-maintained and occupied.  After the demolition of Hodgen School last year (note the similarity in architectural style), this leaves Irving School as easily one of the oldest, if not the oldest school building left in St. Louis.  While I love Ittner-Milligen schools, it’s still cool that a vestige of educational design survives from before their tenure in St. Louis.

Interestingly, I noticed around the corner the remnants of another meat packing plant.  Contrary to popular opinion, not all slaughterhouses were located in National City, but several were located in Hyde Park, including the much larger Krey plant.  The Gruensfelder plant was much smaller, but its business is clearly listed on its sign.  One can only imagine how people would react to a packing plant being so close to a school nowadays.

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