Straddling the border between St. Louis and University City on Skinker, Parkview was another private subdivision laid out by Julius Pitzmann. What was once farmland now is heavily forested, with houses peaking out from behind the stately trees. Update: I… Continue Reading
The triumphal gates of Lewis Place are probably my favorite private street entrance in St. Louis. Based off of ancient Roman architecture, they are a grand statement to passersby.
I never tire of Compton Heights, with its majestic gate sitting on South Grand, or its Teutonic fortresses of houses of a mix of all the different styles you can imagine. I couldn’t even tell you what style the gates… Continue Reading
You might not notice the august gates of Flora Boulevard, across the busy Grand Boulevard from Compton Heights due to the heavy traffic in the area. But the elegant gates allude to the beautiful, serene boulevard hiding behind the blocked… Continue Reading
Originally I thought these turn of the century streetcar shelters at the front gates of some of the most exclusive private streets in the inner ring of St. Louis were for businessmen going downtown, until I was politely corrected by… Continue Reading
Four years after I first covered Vandeventer Place, there still is a paucity of information and photographs of what was once the grandest private street in St. Louis. I only could find a couple of grainy postcards that preserve the… Continue Reading
I recently had my picture taken in front of the gates of Washington Terrace. The houses are just as architecturally significant and beautiful as any mansion on the more famous Portland or Westmoreland Places. The color of the brick, combined… Continue Reading
Across the road from Oak Grove Cemetery is Lake Charles Cemetery, which could almost be seen as a foil to its long suffering neighbor to the south. Punctuated with a stunning entrance from the 1920’s, the entire grounds are well… Continue Reading
Lewis Place is an incredible street, lined with a wide variety of housing stock, from mansions to bungalows. I will talk more in the future about the street, which recently suffered damage from a tornado.