I’ve long documented St. Louis Avenue between N. Florissant and Parnell, and from Parnell to Grand, so now I will take a closer look at the secondary artery cobbled together from a series of streets that stretches the length of the Northside.
Moving further east of Cora Avenue in The Ville area, and things are more grim. Those narrow wood shotgun houses, such as the ones I have been documenting on Kennerly, have not been faring well on other streets such as St. Louis Avenue, either.
Between the later two-family apartment buildings, there are old houses such as the one below, which is a real survivor, and even has a half-flounder on its rear.
Then, interestingly, the topography rises up a relatively steep hill, and there are more elegant two-family buildings with stern lines of the early Twentieth Century.
These sad houses sit just west of the T-intersection of Taylor and St. Louis Avenue. The one on the right clearly received a new facade in the 1950s or 60s.
These two houses are just to the west of the storefront at the intersection I’ve photographed before at the intersection of Taylor and St. Louis Avenue. Sara Lou Cafe is also along this stretch of the street.
I’m also intrigued by this house, sitting off by itself in between vacant lots.
But then, relatively intact buildings continue for quite a while until Vandeventer Avenue.