Wood frame houses, such as this little guy which I suspect is very old, are scattered around the 2700 block of Semple Avenue. They clearly date from the 19th Century, back before “suburban” style development was built in the early… Continue Reading
The uniformity seen in northwest Wells-Goodfellow changes over to older shotgun wood frame houses and brick bungalows I would expect to see in Dutchtown. The businesses are closed, even though they look like they could have been operational in just… Continue Reading
The 5600 block of Kennerly, further west, has some beautiful, unique homes. I know there was probably another, third house in between these two. It is gone now. I also suspect that these interesting homes below had several compatriots in… Continue Reading
The buildings in this area are mostly intact, but they’re sadly abandoned for the most part. There are few people left around here.
Hamilton Avenue cuts up along the western side of Wells-Goodfellow, and is the second to last street after Hodiamont before the city limits. There is extensive abandonment, and increasing number of vacant lots.
We explored Wells-Goodfellow for two hours on foot a couple of Saturdays ago, and over the next month, I will show what we saw. Walking up Hamilton Avenue, we saw destruction, vacant lots and beautiful buildings, still holding up in… Continue Reading
What reinvestment could do for a neighborhood such as Hyde Park, full of small bungalows like the one above, perfect for a first-time home buyers. Little old wood frame houses may be in bad shape, but they represent an important… Continue Reading
I’ve long been intrigued by the dense collection of houses built just after the Civil War to the northeast of the intersection of Gravois and Jefferson. What fire insurance maps and Compton and Dry show as some sort of large… Continue Reading
It starts out strong enough, rows of rehabbed buildings with award-winning restaurants around Compton Avenue. Then it starts to get a little more quiet, and the buildings, while well-maintained, start to look a little less august. And then the giant… Continue Reading
As I discovered over in Compton Heights earlier this summer, an old stone retaining wall can foster a fascinating story. Take this one, on the 2900 block of Locust. As can be seen in the Sanborn maps below, it was… Continue Reading