Straddling the border between St. Louis and University City on Skinker, Parkview was another private subdivision laid out by Julius Pitzmann. What was once farmland now is heavily forested, with houses peaking out from behind the stately trees.
The triumphal gates of Lewis Place are probably my favorite private street entrance in St. Louis. Based off of ancient Roman architecture, they are a grand statement to passersby.
I find alleys fascinating, because they’re where the city lets its guard down.
The Shaw neighborhood, at least partly laid out by Henry Shaw, still retains its founder’s hopes of creating an ideal neighborhood around his botanical garden. Apartment buildings, mansions and foursquares sit comfortably next to each other on the streets. If… Continue Reading
I never tire of Compton Heights, with its majestic gate sitting on South Grand, or its Teutonic fortresses of houses of a mix of all the different styles you can imagine. I couldn’t even tell you what style the gates… Continue Reading
Supposedly Henry Shaw designed Shaw Place to remind himself of his youth growing up in England. A private street, is is very difficult to see into this exclusive enclave just south of I-44. The architecture seems to me to be… Continue Reading
You might not notice the august gates of Flora Boulevard, across the busy Grand Boulevard from Compton Heights due to the heavy traffic in the area. But the elegant gates allude to the beautiful, serene boulevard hiding behind the blocked… Continue Reading
Originally I thought these turn of the century streetcar shelters at the front gates of some of the most exclusive private streets in the inner ring of St. Louis were for businessmen going downtown, until I was politely corrected by… Continue Reading
Left where it was discovered years after which the building upon it sat burned to the ground, this ornate mask, representing Commedia, rests in a park outside of a new movie theater.
It was interesting how well all of the historic commercial buildings are labeled in the Old Port area. It seems their original owners were keen to advertise their business. The inventiveness of the various signs are particularly fascinating.