Whittier Street, The Greater Ville

Whittier Street. It is actually one of the most culturally significant streets in world cultural history, and the City of St. Louis apparently could care less. It was on this street that modern rock ‘n’ roll was created by Chuck… Continue Reading


4400 Block of Ashland Avenue, The Greater Ville

Moving west on Ashland Avenue, the terrain starts to head downward, and there is a mix of scattered Nineteenth Century houses, and then early Twentieth Century tract houses that were built in the empty spaces. So for example, this Romanesque… Continue Reading


4200 Block of Ashland Avenue, The Greater Ville

The Greater Ville was built in stages, with early exurban houses built for agricultural uses, and then later houses were built as the city proper came out to the open fields. This photo was taken from New Ashland Place. I… Continue Reading


Vine Grove Avenue #2, The Greater Ville

Continuing on, we see more mid-Twentieth Century in-fill, like one would expect to see in St. Louis Hills in Southwest City. I think what I find so fascinating about these streets is the wide variety of housing stock from the… Continue Reading


4200 Block of Labadie, The Greater Ville

There are beautiful, healthy blocks of the Greater Ville, as well. Just one block over from the 4300 block of Labadie, where the abandonment and vacant lots of yesterday were shown, are these totally different, middle class homes, most of… Continue Reading


4000 and 4100 Blocks of Labadie, The Greater Ville

Moving west on Labadie Avenue, four family apartment buildings predominate, but they are elegant, and meant for the middle class residents who probably hopped on the streetcar in the morning and rode to office jobs downtown in the morning. In… Continue Reading


North Newstead Avenue, The Greater Ville

Newstead is a long street; it starts all the way down in the Grove, heads north through the Central West End and then finds itself in the Greater Ville. There have been some streetscape improvements, but without private investment, the… Continue Reading