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Discovering Shaw, 17: Flad Avenue Between 39th Street and Spring Avenue, North Side

There is a beautiful feature of the “interior” of the Shaw neighborhood; there is but one surface parking lot, and that is at the old Sherman Elementary School. Other than that, every single business, church and school thrives with only… Continue Reading

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Discovering Shaw, 9: Shaw Boulevard Between Lawrence Street and Thurman Avenue, North Side

Shaw Boulevard seems to have been intended to be the main artery laid out through Henry Shaw’s subdivision, heading west from Grand Boulevard to the north side of his botanical garden. His Shaw Place subdivision was located on the north… Continue Reading

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Discovering Shaw, Part 7: Russell Boulevard Between Spring Avenue and 39th Street, South Side

Looking at the south side of Russell Boulevard, again we see more houses that you would expect to see in the West End of St. Louis, three stories with Dutch Colonial rooflines or gabled roofs with elaborate dormers, as seen… Continue Reading

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Updates East of North Grand

The two beleaguered four-family flats owned by out-of-town slumlords on DeSoto Avenue in College Hill have been torn down, which considering their condition, I was not surprised. Their owners may have never even seen them in real life (yes, people… Continue Reading

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Warne Avenue Between Green Lea Place and West Florissant Avenue

While walking along Warne Avenue, I took a closer look at the ornate bowling alley building on the northwest side of the street just to the southwest of West Florissant Avenue. I had photographed its facade back in September of… Continue Reading

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Fair Avenue and Green Lea Place, Fairgrounds

I drove by Harrison School years ago, and it’s deeply depressing to see how bad of shape it is in nowadays. In other words, it is totally trashed, and just about all of its windows are knocked out (protective fencing… Continue Reading

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California Avenue Between Wyoming and Arsenal Streets, Benton Park West

North of Wyoming Street, California Avenue has the normal Benton Park West style houses, influences by the German immigrants who settled here around 1900. There is the heavy influence of the Romanesque Revival. My friends nicknamed the houses below “cyclops”… Continue Reading