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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 20: Osage Street Between Grand Boulevard and Louisiana Avenue

As is common, a large apartment building pops up near the major artery of Grand Boulevard, and then lower density continues further away to the east on Osage Avenue. The four-family above has been shorn of its cornice, and its… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 18: Pennsylvania Avenue Between Keokuk and Chippewa Streets

Crossing over Keokuk Street, we reach some older houses, such as the duplex below, sitting high above street grade. I like the ornamental grass, by the way. We come across a very old wood frame house, which sits right up… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 16: Pennsylvania Avenue Between Gasconade and Osage Streets

North of Gasconade Street, there is a long apartment building, which is amazingly stuffed into what is really the space for a large house. It shows how much demand there once was for high density housing in the early decades… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 15: Pennsylvania Avenue Between Meramec and Gasconade Streets

Just north of Meramec Street, Pennsylvania Avenue has a row of Arts and Crafts two-family apartment buildings, built in 1927. Some have had their second floor porches preserved, but the one below has had it ingloriously removed and patched poorly.… Continue Reading

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Demolition, Lansdowne Towers

They’ve begun to tear down the Brenton Tower, one of four public housing apartment buildings part of the Lansdowne Towers, located in the northeastern portion of East St. Louis. I’d been by here before, almost exactly two years ago, and… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 8: Nebraska Avenue Between Meramec and Gasconade Streets

Starting at Meramec Avenue and heading north on Nebraska Avenue, there is a whole wealth of beautiful single family houses. I suspect their close proximity to the former Maryville College south of Meramec means they might have some sort of… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 3, California Avenue Between Osage and Keokuk Streets

On California Avenue in between Osage and Keokuk streets, some detective work was needed. Why are the houses several decades newer than the red brick buildings around them in Dutchtown, and why are they subsiding so badly? Compton and Dry’s… Continue Reading

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Texas Avenue, Lynch to Pestalozzi, Northern Benton Park West, September 2019

Crossing Lynch Street heading south, the east side of Texas Avenue has some peculiar Modernist in-fill; one is still occupied, while the other is abandoned. Then there’s this giant Second Empire house, which is a common form of housing in… Continue Reading