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West of the City Limits in University City and Wellston

North of the Delmar Loop, and even north of Olive Boulevard, there is an intriguing cluster of old, very old houses, dating back to perhaps the late Nineteenth Century west of the City limits. The east-west streets have the same… Continue Reading

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Bircher Boulevard

Historic aerial photography reveals that Bircher Boulevard used to be just that, a tree-lined, elegant boulevard in North St. Louis, separating the Penrose and Walnut Park neighborhoods. But then Interstate 70 came along, and annihilated it, turning Bircher Boulevard into… Continue Reading

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College Hill in the Snow #26: Zealand Street at College Avenue

There are many well-maintained streets, such as Zealand Avenue (second photo), in College Hill, where we saw homeowners sweeping their sidewalks out in front of their bungalows. But there is also abandonment, sadly, such as this stately house below, which we… Continue Reading

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College Hill in the Snow #23: 2000-2100 Blocks of Linton

We met a homeowner in one of those HUD houses, as we call them, who’d lived in the neighborhood for forty years. We talked for a while and discussed the house next door, with a mysterious terracotta coat of arms… Continue Reading

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College Hill in the Snow #22: 1400 and 1900 Blocks of Linton

Linton Street has some occupied and abandoned buildings, and like many streets affected by the curve of the Mississippi River, had its 1500-1800 blocks squeezed out. But then there are beautiful four-family apartment buildings with sun porches that gleam in… Continue Reading

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College Hill in the Snow #16: 1400 Block of DeSoto Avenue

DeSoto Avenue used to be completely hidden from the rest of the world by the thick underbrush the blanketed the hill north of East Prairie Avenue. It has now been cleared, and the feeling is one of exposed openness. This… Continue Reading