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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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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

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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 13: Virginia Avenue Between Keokuk and Chippewa Streets

Heading up Virginia Avenue, we have firmly left the Victorian Age; the playful styles of the Nineteenth Century are gone, and we now see architecture that is far more rectilinear and severe. It is very beautiful, and relies on bricks… 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