Hamilton Avenue cuts up along the western side of Wells-Goodfellow, and is the second to last street after Hodiamont before the city limits. There is extensive abandonment, and increasing number of vacant lots.
We explored Wells-Goodfellow for two hours on foot a couple of Saturdays ago, and over the next month, I will show what we saw. Walking up Hamilton Avenue, we saw destruction, vacant lots and beautiful buildings, still holding up in… Continue Reading
Then there are whole streets lined with abandoned buildings. There is so much work to do. Please join me for my lecture about the Green Book and St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum, February 16 at 7:00 PM.
Gravois Park, really northern Dutchtown, was sparsely settled after the Civil War. It really didn’t take off until the early years of the Twentieth Century, when the streetcars took German immigrants to their jobs in downtown and elsewhere in the… Continue Reading
What reinvestment could do for a neighborhood such as Hyde Park, full of small bungalows like the one above, perfect for a first-time home buyers. Little old wood frame houses may be in bad shape, but they represent an important… Continue Reading
The old factory in Walnut Park, a victim of changing economic and technological times, is being demolished. It was never the most impressive abandoned building, but the weird mix of junk inside was famous.
Senior citizens interested in attending a two-part lecture February 8 and 15 from 10:00-12:00 on the history of St. Louis architecture with Chris Naffziger at OASIS in Clayton can register at this link.
I have a friend whose parents both grew up in Walnut Park. They moved out to the County decades ago. Walnut Park is the neighborhood that permanently took the “rural” out of Bellefontaine Cemetery, and its housing stock looks like… Continue Reading
Up at the crest of the hill at Arsenal and Gravois, the buildings are affected by the roar of traffic flying by. Widened in the early decades of the Twentieth Century, Gravois is now the equivalent of seven lanes wide… Continue Reading