Tract housing has always been around, and this row of houses, built at the same time, creates a rhythm as one walks down the street.
I love the architecture of Benton Park West, with its stately Second Empire architecture. Look at this house, with its second and third floors sticking out, or look at the beautiful terracotta ornament below.
The quiet blocks of Fox Park, just north of Russell Blvd and south of I-44, feature a bevy of beautiful houses from as early as the 1870s to the early Twentieth Century. Below, houses I might expect to see in… Continue Reading
Seriously, why does this house still sit here empty like this? Most of the houses around it are occupied.
If I could accomplish anything, it would be convincing people how beautiful the houses built right after the Civil War were: urban, compact, and useful. As it is, these wonderful houses will end up as piles of rubble, as part… Continue Reading
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
These Second Empire beauties continue to sit vacant, owned by slumlords “who are doing their best to fix them up–lay off.” Right. Now, the one on the end was struck by arson, and only saved by the bravery of firefighters.… Continue Reading
These two houses will be demolished soon; they would go for hundreds of thousands in Soulard. But they were doomed by being built north of Delmar. This house will survive, and sits along St. Louis Place Park. I like the… Continue Reading
Just look at how beautiful these backyards are (and could be), shaded by this large tree. This is living close to your neighbors, requiring to actually get to know them.
I’m constantly drawn back to this row of houses, owned by the State of Missouri. Elegant, neighborly, and still full of potential since the State has stabilized them, they need to be sold to the right developer. This is a… Continue Reading