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Discovering Shaw, 11: Castleman Avenue Between Tower Grove Avenue and Klemm Street, North Side

Before heading east on Castleman Avenue from Tower Grove Avenue, we see an apartment building that bends around the intersection. There is a substantial setback from the street, befitting the suburban feel of the original platting of the area. Once… Continue Reading

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Discovering Shaw, 10: Shaw Boulevard Between Thurman Avenue and Klemm Street, North Side

Moving west from the intersection with Thurman Avenue, there is this large apartment building. But like much of Shaw, this building is actually two large condos now. The parapet wall in the middle is still not restored, however. Moving west,… 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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Discovering Shaw, Part 8: Castleman Avenue Between 39th Street and Spring Avenue, North Side

Castleman Avenue between 39th Street and Spring Avenue continues the trend of its eastern block before Grand Boulevard with no alleys, but the houses are newer, reflecting more English influence in its architecture. There is more the influence of the… Continue Reading

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Discovering Shaw, Part 7: Russell Boulevard Between Spring Avenue and 39th Street, South Side

Looking at the south side of Russell Boulevard, again we see more houses that you would expect to see in the West End of St. Louis, three stories with Dutch Colonial rooflines or gabled roofs with elaborate dormers, as seen… Continue Reading

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Discovering Shaw, Part 6: Russell Boulevard Between Spring Avenue and 39th Street, North Side

Russell Boulevard isn’t really a boulevard anymore west of Grand; but nonetheless, it continues the neighborhood’s mix of single family houses with high class four-family flat apartment buildings. It’s becoming increasingly common that these four apartments are being converted into… Continue Reading

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Discovering Shaw, Part 5: Russell Boulevard Between Grand Boulevard and Spring Avenue, South Side

Crossing the street to the south side of Russell Boulevard, and walking west of the Hutcheson Arms, at first we see similar houses–though if you look closely you realize it is really a two-family flat. Then we arrives at a… Continue Reading

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Discovering Shaw, Part 4: Russell Boulevard Between Spring Avenue and Grand Boulevard, North Side

Moving east from the corner with Spring Avenue, there is a banquet of exceptional houses on Russell Boulevard, with large cut stone facades and complex dormers and towers on houses. While the house below would probably not have been painted… Continue Reading

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Discovering Shaw, Part 3: The Intersection of Spring Avenue and Russell Boulevard

Occasionally I come across a house so amazing that I need to feature multiple photographs and details of it. That is the case of the stunner on the northeast corner of Spring Avenue and Russell Boulevard. It almost takes up… Continue Reading