What is like to live along busy Skinker Boulevard west of Forest Park? There are some cool houses, one in Spanish Revival, while others in more eclectic styles. Many have heavy bushes in front of their houses for privacy.
Oakland Avenue, before Highway 40 was built, must have been a beautiful, slightly more middle-class version of Lindell on the north side of Forest Park. But alas, the highway came crashing through, and the roar of the automobile now pervades… Continue Reading
Red brick, at least on the front of houses, was certainly out of style by the early Twentieth Century. Rich red, almost brown brick predominates houses west of Kingshighway. Flat roofs, which dominated St. Louis for a century, are replaced… Continue Reading
I love these houses, set on double lots, that again probably reflected a more rural, early Twentieth Century environment, west of the city and south of Forest Park. Each house is slightly different, but they remind me of houses more… Continue Reading
Sitting on the edge of the city line, Grandview Place is a short street, now truncated by the interstate, that once was probably a quiet streetcar suburban destination. To the east, the residents could probably see the black cloud of… Continue Reading
This house is still standing, but I wonder for how much longer. The street closure has to do with infrastructure improvement, not the risk of eminent collapse of the house.
The first year this website existed, I visited the Scott Joplin House, a museum dedicated to one of the most important music innovators in American history. Not much has changed around there in nine years. Likewise, theses stunning houses, just… Continue Reading
The old trolley company building has sprouted a new work of art. I do not know who did it, but it brightens up this abandoned building. I get sadder and sadder every time I drive or walk through the Ville.… Continue Reading
North Grand Boulevard’s speeds are too fast to encourage business and pedestrian traffic, though there are a fair number of people on foot dodging cars on the sad blocks north of Grand Center. Mother’s Fish is still in business after… Continue Reading