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Wyoming Street Between Pennsylvania and Nebraska Avenues, Benton Park West, North Side

This massive commercial building above has a rare and valuable ghost sign for the Green Tree Brewery, which was once located in Soulard. The houses on this block are older than to the west and there are some nice Italianate… Continue Reading

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Wyoming Street Between Minnesota and Pennsylvania Avenues, Benton Park West, North Side

Wyoming Street near the old Union Brewery/later Falstaff Plant No. 2 has a row of exceptional houses that I’ve looked at before. I wonder if some of the upper management of the brewery originally lived in some of these buildings.… Continue Reading

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Gravois Avenue Between Compton and Minnesota Avenues

Richard W. Lemen, Northeast Corner of Compton and Gravois, c. 1930, Lemen Streets and Sewers Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, St. Louis Public LibraryIn my dreams I have this fantasy where I win the lottery, and among other things, I… Continue Reading

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Nebraska Avenue Between Wyoming and Juniata Streets, West Side

What I really like about Benton Park West is that unlike some neighborhoods in St. Louis, the the perpendicular streets to not suffer for the “dominant” streets. Frequently perpendicular streets are just the sides of houses, but not here. Wyoming… Continue Reading

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Nebraska Avenue Between Utah and Wyoming Avenues, West Side

There are still some interesting four-family buildings north of Utah on Nebraska such as the one on the northwest corner above, but then the block turns over to two-family houses. As I’ve frequently remarked before, St. Louis builders were masters… Continue Reading

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Nebraska Avenue Between Cherokee and Utah Streets, West Side

Heading north up Nebraska Avenue from Cherokee Street, there is a row of four-family flats on the west side of the street. They are technically identical in form, but they are individualized in their front facade ornamentation. One of things… Continue Reading

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California Avenue Between Wyoming and Arsenal Streets, Benton Park West

North of Wyoming Street, California Avenue has the normal Benton Park West style houses, influences by the German immigrants who settled here around 1900. There is the heavy influence of the Romanesque Revival. My friends nicknamed the houses below “cyclops”… Continue Reading