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Texas Avenue Between Arsenal and Pestalozzi Streets, Benton Park West, Revisited Fall 2020

I realized that my previous visit to the two blocks of Texas Avenue between Arsenal and Pestalozzi in September of 2019 (Crittenden cuts through there, but it’s practically just a glorified alley in Benton Park West) did not do this… Continue Reading

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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

In my dreams I have this fantasy where I win the lottery, and among other things, I secretly purchase all the crumby autocentric stores and used-car lots along Gravois east of Grand through straw buyers, and rebuild a pedestrian-friendly urban… 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