Everyone see this from I-55 around the Bates Avenue exit, but it actually sits on land that was once part of a quarry.
Around Meramec Street, there are more amazing houses along Compton Avenue, again taking advantage of the hilly terrain to create a stunning neighborhood.
Heading back north up Compton, one discovers a cluster of wood frame houses, just a minute’s walk from the old quarry in Dutchtown. I strongly suspect that these houses were where workers for the quarry lived, far outside of the central… Continue Reading
This alley house, whose front house was never built or demolished at the corner of Keokuk and Virginia, is far older than 1895, which is when the City says it was built. You can tell because the brick doesn’t match.… Continue Reading
I’ve always been intrigued by these tract homes along Bates just east of Grand. I don’t think they were built in the 19th Century, when the Second Empire style was most popular. They were in fact built in 1905.
Another school sits vacant and vandalized; this time it is the old parish school of St. Thomas Aquinas. The caramel terracotta, seen in Southwest St. Louis, looks like marble.
Oops, I still had some Dutchtown photos left from Compton Avenue! There is such a diversity of housing styles in this beautiful neighborhood. Senior citizens interested in attending a two-part lecture June 22 and 29, 2017 from 10:00-12:00 on the… Continue Reading
More of Dutchtown south on Compton. Just look at that house above; hardly anybody puts that much effort into making a small house that beautiful anymore today. It might be one of the most striking houses in the city.
Dutchtown south on Compton is a truly beautiful neighborhood. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Dutchtown is such a beautiful neighborhood. It has very little demolition, the houses are are in good shape, and the population is still very high–it is one of the densest areas of the city. But abandonment is creeping in, and… Continue Reading