Just northwest of the intersection with Grand Boulevard, Natural Bridge Avenue has a series of St. Louis institutions, each of a different variety. The first one, the old Fairgrounds Hotel, once housed Cardinals and Browns players who played at Sportsman’s Park a mere four blocks away. Stan Musial even lived there for a time, but the hotel declined after the Cardinals moved downtown. It is now an apartment building.
Below, this church, built in the Beaux-Arts style, sits along the avenue as well; built in 1929, it sits amongst parking lots and vacant lots.
The grand edifice of Beaumont High School, featured in a movie about integration, is now on the way to closing in its current iteration.
Built in 1925, during an era where the belief was that great architecture actually inspired people (now a quaint and “old-fashioned” idea), it dominates this stretch of Natural Bridge across from Fairgrounds Park.