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South Riverfront Residential Survivors

The so-called Kosciusko neighborhood was targeted in the 1960’s for new industrial sites in St. Louis. The only problem was that people lived there by the thousands, and they were forced out and their houses demolished. Fascinatingly, a few houses and businesses survive, often completely surrounded by newer industrial buildings. The intersection of De Kalb and Victor is a perfect example.

Looking at the old Sanborn Fire Insurance maps from one hundred years ago, one can see how many other houses once accompanied these survivors.

It’s a strange, remote place, where on a Saturday I didn’t see a single other person.

This tavern, looking like it is from the 1950’s, seems to still serve thirsty workers after their shift is over.

Update: The buildings below were damaged by fire on November 13, 2014; they were demolished around April of 2015, according to Google Street View.

These Second Empire rowhouses got a slathering of concrete thrown on the front of them; the flats next to them look the same as any neighborhood in St. Louis.

This interesting building still fronts a railroad track; indeed, street trackage still permeates this neighborhood.

Apparently, the building was the wood working shop of Wayne Manufacturing Company. I couldn’t find anything on Wayne, except for the obituary of one of its former vice presidents.

Update: Two photos from the vault, added in April of 2019:

4 Comments

  1. I recently was reading a special section of the Post-Dispatch called "Our Towns" that provided information about towns in the metro area including 78 of the 79 neighborhoods in St. Louis City. They explain this in the introduction: "One of the [city] neighborhoods, the industrial Kosciusko area, has no residents and isn't included." I have never visited the neighborhood before (unless following the graffiti on the flood wall counts) but it does look like there are at least a few residents who deserve having their neighborhood recognized as one of our towns!

  2. The mansard-roofed row has been demolished, both the concrete-slathered ones and the intact ones, as has everything else on that block.

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