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Revisiting Carondelet: Michigan Avenue Between Haven Street and Loughborough Avenue

Heading south of Haven on the west side are a row of house from a wide age range, including many old wood frame buildings.

But first there are two brick houses, both of which look to be apartments now.

Below, this wood frame house with a hipped roof is very old, perhaps before or just around the Civil War in its construction.

Then there’s this beauty below, which still has front porches which are either original or largely accurate in massing to what was built in the Nineteenth Century.

Up next is an incredible house, which was owned by a German American physician, Dr. William Taussig. But if you look closely, it seems that it was always built as a two-family flat.

Originally it was spectacular, and many of its decorative elements still survive even if it has lost some of its millwork.

William Swekosky, Dr. William Taussig House, Knapp and Michigan, 1940-1959, Missouri History Museum, N04606

On on the northwest corner of Krauss and Michigan is the John Bowen house, which is still in good condition, but you can see below looked to be a possible boarding house by the early Twentieth Century.

William Swekosky, John S. Bowen Residence, 6727 Michigan Avenue, Missouri History Museum, N02974

South of Kraus, there is a large amount of open space, but there is a building that used to be the old Matilda Hospital, now with an early Twentieth Century storefront.

It is still apparently some sort of adult daycare. I photographed it back in August of 2011.

Matilda Hospital, 6813 Michigan Avenue, Photograph by W.C. Persons, 1913, Missouri History Museum, N31070

Finally, when we reach Loughborough, there is the remnant of an elaborate Second Empire mansion, which once had a partner to the north.

Going back to the east side of Michigan Avenue at Haven, there is different feel to the streetscape, with smaller one story houses with pressed tin cornices.

And there are more wood frame houses, including one in the Queen Anne Style.

And then there’s also this incredibly rare Italianate house with a gabled roof.

Then there’s a Carnegie library, which is open and a landmark in the neighborhood.

I first looked at the library all the way back in July of 2009.

The building next door was demolished for a parking lot for the library.

6 Comments

  1. Dr. Taussig’s house is owned by someone living down near the Loughborough Commons. If you look closely, you can see that they replaced some of the (missing?) window lintels and sills with pretty faithfully produced replicas.

    • Ah, it looks like you’re right! And there’s a new piece of plywood in the dormer window. Let’s hope these are signs of a rehab starting.

      • Nah… I wouldn’t count on that. I think this was a “project house” that had a worthy effort started but tapered. It’s state hasn’t changed in at least 7 years.

        • Oh, no! Sad to hear that. Hopefully someone else picks it up and restarts it

  2. What’s up with the discrepancy on the taussig house’s attic window? It looks way taller in the before photo, and the eaves somehow became more elaborate. Are you sure these aren’t twins that used to be near one another?

    • Good question, Ben. I also noticed the attic window was originally larger in the Swekosky photograph. However, I can ascertain that this is the same house as the neighbor to the north (right) is the same in his photo as well as in mine. But it is intriguing how there has obviously been some major alterations.

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