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Shenandoah Avenue, Michigan to Minnesota Avenues, North Side

I’ve always been intrigued by the architecture of Shenandoah Avenue in Tower Grove East; it is distinct and much older. It was obviously platted and developed earlier than the rest of the neighborhood, which was largely built speculatively in the… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 23: Minnesota Avenue Between Mount Pleasant and Dakota Streets, West Side

Moving north, Minnesota Avenue enters an almost entirely Twentieth Century phase, as four-family apartment buildings take over, and red brick yields to dark brown after only two buildings of the former. Dutchtown is the most dense neighborhood in the city,… Continue Reading

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Discovering Shaw, 9: Shaw Boulevard Between Lawrence Street and Thurman Avenue, North Side

Shaw Boulevard seems to have been intended to be the main artery laid out through Henry Shaw’s subdivision, heading west from Grand Boulevard to the north side of his botanical garden. His Shaw Place subdivision was located on the north… Continue Reading

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Around the Gates, University City

The sun was setting as I took some pictures of the gates to University Heights, just to the west of the Loop. The lions are actually concrete casts of the originals, which are now in an undisclosed location. I still… Continue Reading

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Benton Street Between Third and Sixth Streets, Valley Park

I willing be a guest on KMOX AM 1120 at 8:20 AM on Friday, January 17, 2020 talking about the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Prohibition. Please tune in if you’re able! Valley Park has some great architecture along… Continue Reading

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Michigan and Minnesota Avenues, Tower Grove East

Weird things are happening in the streets “East of Compton,” which is short hand for referring to the part of the neighborhood that was built earlier than the houses that line the streets around Tower Grove Park (the latter which… Continue Reading