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Discovering Shaw, 17: Flad Avenue Between 39th Street and Spring Avenue, North Side

There is a beautiful feature of the “interior” of the Shaw neighborhood; there is but one surface parking lot, and that is at the old Sherman Elementary School. Other than that, every single business, church and school thrives with only… Continue Reading

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Discovering Shaw, 14: Castleman Avenue Between Klemm Street and Thurman Avenue, North Side

Moving east from Klemm, we see more of the class Tower Grove area houses, with the imposing front facades, and the “four-up, four-down” configuration with the near-pyramid, more hip roof half third story. They almost all originally had front porches… Continue Reading

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Discovering Shaw, 13: Castleman Avenue Between Klemm Street and Thurman Avenue, North Side

Crossing over Klemm, we see a two-family, and two four-family apartment buildings. I suspect they were all built at the same time by the same contractor/developer to maximize the buildable space left by previous houses already built. The street has… Continue Reading

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Discovering Shaw, 12: Castleman Avenue Between Tower Grove Avenue and Klemm Street, South Side

The south side of Castleman Avenue east of Tower Grove Avenue towards Klemm has wider lots compared to the north side, and a much different feel. Above, there has been some major reworking of the brickwork, most likely due to… Continue Reading

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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