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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 3, California Avenue Between Osage and Keokuk Streets

On California Avenue in between Osage and Keokuk streets, some detective work was needed. Why are the houses several decades newer than the red brick buildings around them in Dutchtown, and why are they subsiding so badly? Compton and Dry’s… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 2, California Avenue Between Gasconade and Osage Streets

Starting at Gasconade Street and heading north on California Avenue, there is a wonderful row of Second Empire buildings, with a storefront on the corner, and then two houses next door. Above, on another corner of the intersection, some competent… Continue Reading

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Texas Avenue, Lynch to Pestalozzi, Northern Benton Park West, September 2019

Crossing Lynch Street heading south, the east side of Texas Avenue has some peculiar Modernist in-fill; one is still occupied, while the other is abandoned. Then there’s this giant Second Empire house, which is a common form of housing in… Continue Reading

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Ohio Avenue, Northern Benton Park West, September 2019

Starting at Ohio’s intersection with Gravois and Lynch, we head south, looking at the east side of the street, where there is the famous “One Night Stand” karaoke bar. It had been closed for a little while, with the whole… Continue Reading

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Magnolia Avenue, From Tower Grove East into Fox Park

It’s one of the laziest statements to make, but Magnolia Avenue traveling eastbound from Tower Grove East into Fox Park really is a study in contrasts. Take the Italianate rowhouses above: they are old; probably dating to the 1870s, and… Continue Reading