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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 15: Pennsylvania Avenue Between Meramec and Gasconade Streets

Just north of Meramec Street, Pennsylvania Avenue has a row of Arts and Crafts two-family apartment buildings, built in 1927. Some have had their second floor porches preserved, but the one below has had it ingloriously removed and patched poorly.… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 14: Michigan Avenue Between Meramec and Gasconade Streets

The first one hundred feet of the quiet one block stretch of Michigan Avenue between Meramec Street at St. Anthony of Padua, and Gasconade Street at Marquette Park near the pool house, seems normal enough for the neighborhood of Dutchtown.… Continue Reading

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Chippewa Street Between Compton and Tennessee Avenues, Dutchtown

We now jump to the south side of Chippewa Street, and we are magically in Dutchtown! The house above is somewhat famous for the huge weeds that sometimes swallow it in the summer. Now that Fall of 2019 has arrived,… Continue Reading

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Chippewa Street from Virginia to Oregon Avenues, Gravois Park

Hold on to your seats, because I need to do some explaining. In between Jefferson Avenue and Grand Boulevard, Chippewa Street bisects two neighborhoods, Gravois Park to the north, and Dutchtown to the south. As I think I’ve pointed out… Continue Reading

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Chippewa Street, Marine Villa

Chippewa Street is such a major artery in St. Louis Hills, that we often forget it continues on east of Jefferson Avenue into Marine Villa, where it is a quiet residential street. But it does not fail to surprise with… Continue Reading

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Fredericktown and Mine La Motte, Madison County

Fredericktown is the picturesque county seat of Madison County, Missouri, south of St. Louis quite a ways in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. It was the site of a Civil War battle due to the nearby lead mines needed… Continue Reading

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Demolition, Lansdowne Towers

They’ve begun to tear down the Brenton Tower, one of four public housing apartment buildings part of the Lansdowne Towers, located in the northeastern portion of East St. Louis. I’d been by here before, almost exactly two years ago, and… Continue Reading

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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