I went back over to Exchange Avenue to see what has been happening on the border between the old stockyards and East St. Louis. Much of what I photographed in the earlier post is now gone. I saw some houses… Continue Reading
Many houses sit on streets that are blocked off, and abandoned houses’ grass and trees grow out of control. It is a strangely isolated area, with all of the closed streets.
There are many old wood frame houses in this area, and they are clinging on, but there is a lot of abandonment.
Messing around on Google Maps, I realized that the strip of land to the north of Fairgrounds Park, and Lee Avenue (extra wide for streetcars) is a fascinating area of small back streets. Too wide for one whole block, and… Continue Reading
Gravois Park is really North Dutchtown (along with Benton Park West), but it is separated out as its own neighborhood. The housing continues to be interesting.
Around Meramec Street, there are more amazing houses along Compton Avenue, again taking advantage of the hilly terrain to create a stunning neighborhood.
The greater Dutchtown area is so beautiful, with its wide variety of housing styles and terrain. I have so much hope for this neighborhood in the long term.
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
There are so many wonderful houses that are still possible rehab opportunities. As long the side walls are stable (and sometimes when they’re not) a building can still be saved.
I know, I know; we “can’t save everything.” But the fact remains, the little building at 10th and Locust was the last of the commercial buildings in St. Louis from the 1870s–or even earlier. Now everything is gone.