I never thought I’d see the day when McRee Town saw redevelopment. It’s coming rapidly, and I can only imagine in a decade the old, dilapidated neighborhood will be replaced with renovated buildings.
Central Industrial Drive might be the most forgotten street in St. Louis, stretching from Vandeventer to Chouteau in a valley that stretches up to the Mill Creek Valley. It was packed with railroad tracks for over a century, but sometime… Continue Reading
The eclectic nature of the area’s architecture continues on the northern end of the residential area. There was a Jewish population in the neighborhood for a while, as this former synagogue attests. Folsom Avenue is dominated by the gigantic Liggett-Meyers… Continue Reading
Redevelopment is coming to McRee Avenue, though many buildings still empty. Perhaps what is most striking is the variable housing stock, everything from a stately house that one could see in the Central West End to more humble structures. The… Continue Reading
McRee Town. For many people, the name no longer exists; they call it Botanical Heights nowadays. I don’t, and probably never will. McRee Town is an example of what happens to a neighborhood that is left to slumlords, cut off… Continue Reading
Long troubled, long misunderstood, I will look at McRee Town, now relabeled Botanical Heights, all this week.
I went back to the American Tobacco Company, or more commonly known as the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company to shoot the intersection of Folsom and Thurman for DartSTL. This factory was huge, but that is not perhaps what is… Continue Reading
Much of the rest of McRee Town sits abandoned, with the potential for more redevelopment. I particularly like the house with the tan front and the red brick side walls; it would make a great rehab one day. The two… Continue Reading
I’m interrupting my tour of Kansas City architecture because I was so excited to see the recent developments in McRee Town, which for a long was one of the most troubled neighborhoodsin the city. Combining sensitive in-fill with the conversion… Continue Reading