Victor and Lemp Avenues, Revisited, Benton Park

For lack of a better way of describing them, there are a host of cozy little streets to the southeast of the intersection of Jefferson and Gravois. As is the same behind the other three corners of that bustling crossroads,… Continue Reading


The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 11: Nebraska Avenue Between Keokuk and Chippewa Streets

Unfortunately, crossing over Keokuk, an abandoned and trash early Twentieth Century service station, and its sprawling, invasive and vacant parking lot waste a full third of the block heading up to Chippewa Street. But after the end of the parking… Continue Reading


The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 8: Nebraska Avenue Between Meramec and Gasconade Streets

Starting at Meramec Avenue and heading north on Nebraska Avenue, there is a whole wealth of beautiful single family houses. I suspect their close proximity to the former Maryville College south of Meramec means they might have some sort of… Continue Reading


The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 7, Keokuk Street Between Nebraska and Ohio Avenues

The east-west “Indian Tribe” streets in Dutchtown have a totally different feel from their north-south “State Streets” neighbors. The houses seem to have a much wider variety, do not seem to have been built in tracts, and have a wider… Continue Reading


The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 4, Iowa Avenue Between Chariton and Meramec Streets

Iowa Avenue between Chariton and Meramec streets has some of the best Second Empire houses in Dutchtown, but it also has some other gems as well, such as this nice two-family apartment building above, or this unique wood frame house… Continue Reading


North St. Louis, Late Summer, 2019

I met new people all over North St. Louis this summer, including members of the congregation of the Original Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in the Ville neighborhood, on St. Louis Avenue. Better Family Life had organized dozens of churches to… Continue Reading