I’ve been up this way before, several years ago, and I’ve always been fascinated with this downright rugged part of the city, just south of I-70 and west of West Florissant Avenue. I suspect the house above was maybe part… Continue Reading
The neighborhood around St. Engelbert’s is mostly from the early Twentieth Century, but some older houses are scattered throughout. These businesses above probably served parishioners coming out of Mass, or school children at the nearby school. But then there are… Continue Reading
Now rechristened St. Elizabeth, Mother of John (the Baptist), St. Engelbert’s was a German national church. I usually associate the English Gothic Revival with Presbyterian or Lutheran churches, and it’s interesting to see a Roman Catholic church of this style.… Continue Reading
I am amazed that house survives, when so many brick and stone neighbors are gone. I am happy it is still here, since it clearly dates when the area was semi-rural.
Perhaps what is most interesting about these houses in the West End neighborhood are the little details, such as the small oval window hiding under the front porch below. Or just look at those little jutting pinnacles below on a… Continue Reading
I forget about the amazing variety of housing styles from around the dawn of the Twentieth Century. More wood frame houses, many of which were originally Shingle Style, are scattered around the area. This inventive roof is a little… Continue Reading
There are many famous private streets in St. Louis, but there are even more than most people realize. Take Thornby Place, for example. It’s home to one of the most unique houses in St. Louis, below. Also, what I find… Continue Reading
Once owned by E.H. Thurston, this house now sits vacant, awaiting rehabilitation among other concrete block houses that were examined yesterday. It has a wonderful west facing solarium, and a green glazed terracotta roof.
The Oakherst Place Concrete Block National Historic District is showing signs of renewal, even if some houses are still vacant. These stout homes up by the county lines are fascinating, and worth saving. I looked at some of them several… Continue Reading