What a bunch of wonderful four-family flats! They all have the same floorplans, probably, but each one is individualized on the front facade. Sadly, most are vacant.
Delmar is a traffic sewer, whose current design only encourages speeding and further separation of the city into north and south. Pedestrians have always made great cities great.
This is an intriguing block of the Lewis Place neighborhood. It’s in relatively good shape, and by all means should command prices equal to that in the Central West End (a major leagues pitcher’s throw away from here), but yet,… Continue Reading
Large, multi-family buildings are rare other than four-families, but then there’s this larger building at Walton and Enright Avenues.
St. Louisans, until apparently the latter half of the 20th Century, always peacefully coexisted as renter and owner on the same block. Check out these apartments up above–there were certainly many high class places around the city. West Belle Place… Continue Reading
Across the street is this magnificent house, rotting away by itself. Sometimes these houses defy easy classification architecturally–they’re so inventive and eclectic. Look how this shingled pediment truncates in the back, where the service wing bends out.
It’s sort of interesting; they built tract housing back in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, but they just did a really good job of hiding it! But what I always see in these rows of houses is rhythm, the… Continue Reading
Newberry Terrace is a beautiful street, but its future is uncertain. Look at those houses, and imagine what it was like, and if we had the right attitude about reinvestment, what it could be again.
This is definitely not an April Fools’ Day post. Heading west from the old synagogue, we were shocked at the severe state of desolation and abandonment along Vernon Avenue. It was really, really sad to see this. This is St.… Continue Reading