I thought I would go back and look at Carondelet since it had been a while. We took a walk down Michigan Avenue, Virginia Avenue, some side streets, and then back up South Broadway. We’ll start with Michigan Avenue in between Bowen and Iron streets, which is the heart of the neighborhood up at the top of the hill above the river. The land slopes down to the Mississippi and the riverfront and its industries just to the east of Michigan Avenue. The architecture of Carondelet is interesting, in that it was built one house at a time, and not in tracts like in other parts of the city.
Yes, it really does have the feeling of having been its own independent and very large city up until 1870, when it was annexed by the City of St. Louis. We’ll go down the west side of the street each day first, going south, and then go down the east side of the street in the same direction.
Houses and stores sit right next to each other.
There are some amazing Italianate houses, such as the one below, which as received some nice Formstone on its front. It also had a two story porch on the side at one point.
But then, after a house that was probably built in the 1870s, we see good solid South City bungalows that are probably from the early Twentieth Century.
Going down the east side, there is another corner store, which looks to still be in business.
Then, after this amazing blue-color palace, as I call them, is a vacant lot, which is actually now owned by a friend of mine. But back in the early Twentieth Century, there was something there.
The Wilson Primm House apparently exploded, my friend told me, under suspicious circumstances. I’m sure there’s even more to the story.