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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 5, Meramec Street Between California and Ohio Avenues

While Meramec Street in Dutchtown is famous for St. Anthony of Padua and its commercial strip, it becomes more residential as it heads east towards South Broadway. Above, there is one of William B. Ittner’s amazing designs, Meramec Elementary from… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 4, Iowa Avenue Between Chariton and Meramec Streets

Iowa Avenue between Chariton and Meramec streets has some of the best Second Empire houses in Dutchtown, but it also has some other gems as well, such as this nice two-family apartment building above, or this unique wood frame house… Continue Reading

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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