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Southwest Avenue Between Reber Place and Botanical Avenue

Heading northeast up Southwest Avenue, we get closer to the heart of the Hill, and see more interesting renovations to houses. More Formstone, which was popular in the mid-Twentieth Century, was added to the front of these houses. Also, the… Continue Reading

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Southwest Avenue Between Dalton Avenue and Reber Place

I figured out recently that Southwest Avenue through The Hill neighborhood was once Old Manchester Road before it was diverted onto its current path through the Grove. Consequently, there is an interesting mix of housing styles, reflecting the long period… Continue Reading

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Washington Tabernacle Congregation and the Corner of North Compton Avenue and Washington Boulevard

Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church has called this building home since 1926, and survived a destructive fire in 1945, bringing the building back to life in 1948. It was previously a Presbyterian church. The church is one of many that gave… Continue Reading

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The Optimist International Building

Update: On August 23, 2021, the Optimist building’s demolition received another denial from the Preservation Board. No word on what the Optimists will do with their building in the future. As of this writing, the Optimist International building on Lindell… Continue Reading

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North on Compton Avenue #4: Gravois Park from Winnebago to Miami Streets, Revisited

This next stretch of Compton Avenue is really spectacular, with a wide variety of housing stock. See the east side of the street from June of 2017. You can see the west side here. There are more one-story bungalows, built… Continue Reading