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Amazing Survivors, Compton Hill/Gate District

Lafayette Avenue, long replaced by I-44, is lined with some stunning houses on it, and its side streets. Above is a funeral parlor, probably built for that function. Above, this stately Second Empire mansion sits in the trees; I’ll come… Continue Reading

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Decimated JeffVanderLou

JeffVanderLou is easily one of the most devastated and forgotten neighborhoods in the city. Straddling Grand Boulevard, it is not in the news anymore, as there are few people left. This poor church, below, was ravaged by brick thieves years… Continue Reading

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West of Soulard Market

Just west of the Lafayette Avenue bridge that leads to Soulard Market, there is a small neighborhood of beautifully preserved houses. Whether it’s in Soulard, the LaSalle Park neighborhood, or the larger Frenchtown area may be debated, but not the… Continue Reading

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Kirkwood Junction

Along with various Webster Groves stations, the Kirkwood railroad station served generations of commuters to downtown and other locations. It still serves as an Amtrak station. The architecture is interesting, best described as influenced by Romanesque architecture with some Shingle… Continue Reading

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McRee Avenue, McRee Town

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