And then, amidst the devastation, there are neat rows of Cape Cod style houses, immaculately maintained. Owner-occupied, and just a couple decades younger than much of the neighborhood allowed these houses to survive.
This house, on St. Louis Avenue at Hamilton, is in that interesting moment when the Art-Deco style transitioned into Modernism. I still don’t feel satisfied with that definition of this house’s style; it was built in 1939, right when a… Continue Reading
The sun had risen up above the horizon, and the red brick so famous in St. Louis was glowing. This old gas station seems to have been converted into a house; there are garages in the backs of these apartment… Continue Reading
As I often remark, “tract homes” have existed as a concept for centuries, such as these on Lotus Avenue. Their brickwork is exquisite, and these were just middle class homes originally. They are all abandoned except for the one on… Continue Reading
I was intrigued by this beautiful red brick duplex, anchoring the corner of Hamilton and a side street. It once had neighbors, which are now demolished. This was a dense, thriving neighborhood once.
Hamilton Avenue cuts up along the western side of Wells-Goodfellow, and is the second to last street after Hodiamont before the city limits. There is extensive abandonment, and increasing number of vacant lots.
We explored Wells-Goodfellow for two hours on foot a couple of Saturdays ago, and over the next month, I will show what we saw. Walking up Hamilton Avenue, we saw destruction, vacant lots and beautiful buildings, still holding up in… Continue Reading
So this is where the one house that is being moved will end up, on St. Louis Avenue. Thus the original Strassberger’s Conservatory was removed. Here is what the building looked like, after suffering ownership by Paul McKee for almost… Continue Reading
I love this little one story Italianate house with house; it looks like it just went vacant.