I love this building’s transformation over the years. What was clearly a four-family flat at some point received a baby-blue coat of paint, and then received a front staircase in what looks like the 1970s. Glass-block windows were installed at… Continue Reading
I stumbled across this public housing complex in northern East St. Louis. It is extremely isolated, and it was surprising to be driving around two story houses, and heavy undergrowth, to all of the sudden see these manila brick-colored apartments… Continue Reading
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.
I’ve been up this way before, several years ago, and I’ve always been fascinated with this downright rugged part of the city, just south of I-70 and west of West Florissant Avenue. I suspect the house above was maybe part… Continue Reading
The neighborhood around St. Engelbert’s is mostly from the early Twentieth Century, but some older houses are scattered throughout. These businesses above probably served parishioners coming out of Mass, or school children at the nearby school. But then there are… Continue Reading
Perhaps what is most interesting about these houses in the West End neighborhood are the little details, such as the small oval window hiding under the front porch below. Or just look at those little jutting pinnacles below on a… Continue Reading
The architecture of the West End, just north of the Loop, is stunning. I can’t believe city government decided to “disinvest” this area, ie “give up on.” There are still so many beautiful houses and they are just sitting here,… Continue Reading