Fair Avenue, West Side of Fairgrounds Park

The west side of Fairground Park once held the leafy estates of Italianate and Second Empire country homes, but as the city expanded, and the park itself pushed its boundaries out to what is now Fair Avenue, apartment buildings, churches… Continue Reading


Natural Bridge Avenue Between Warne and Clay Avenues, South Side

Heading west on Natural Bridge Avenue, there are more surprises that can be enjoyed, including this massive duplex on the right above. There seems to be more single family houses west of Warne Avenue. Sadly, there is more abandonment, with… Continue Reading


Natural Bridge Avenue Between Vandeventer and Warne Avenues, South Side

I know that many people, including business owners along Natural Bridge Avenue, have spoken out and criticized the “road diet” that has considerably narrowed the major thoroughfare through a multitude of North St. Louis neighborhoods. There were concerns that it… Continue Reading


Southwest Avenue Between Dalton Avenue and Reber Place

I figured out recently that Southwest Avenue through The Hill neighborhood was once Old Manchester Road before it was diverted onto its current path through the Grove. Consequently, there is an interesting mix of housing styles, reflecting the long period… Continue Reading


North on Compton Avenue #1: Dutchtown from Osage to Keokuk Streets, Revisited

Way back in June of 2017, I started a series called “South Down Compton Avenue,” which started in Tower Grove East just south Arsenal, looking at the east side of the street. I thought I would return to this interesting… Continue Reading