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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 3, California Avenue Between Osage and Keokuk Streets

On California Avenue in between Osage and Keokuk streets, some detective work was needed. Why are the houses several decades newer than the red brick buildings around them in Dutchtown, and why are they subsiding so badly? Compton and Dry’s… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 2, California Avenue Between Gasconade and Osage Streets

Starting at Gasconade Street and heading north on California Avenue, there is a wonderful row of Second Empire buildings, with a storefront on the corner, and then two houses next door. Above, on another corner of the intersection, some competent… Continue Reading

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North St. Louis, Late Summer, 2019

I met new people all over North St. Louis this summer, including members of the congregation of the Original Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in the Ville neighborhood, on St. Louis Avenue. Better Family Life had organized dozens of churches to… Continue Reading

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Texas Avenue, Lynch to Pestalozzi, Northern Benton Park West, September 2019

Crossing Lynch Street heading south, the east side of Texas Avenue has some peculiar Modernist in-fill; one is still occupied, while the other is abandoned. Then there’s this giant Second Empire house, which is a common form of housing in… Continue Reading

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Ohio Avenue, Northern Benton Park West, September 2019

Starting at Ohio’s intersection with Gravois and Lynch, we head south, looking at the east side of the street, where there is the famous “One Night Stand” karaoke bar. It had been closed for a little while, with the whole… Continue Reading