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The Southside of the Grove

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South of Manchester, the tenor of the Grove completely changes. As the Compton and Dry View shows, when the northern Grove, the Gibson Heights Addition, was vacant land, houses were already sprouting up along the railroad tracks.

South Grove Marked

The house below is clearly the building circled on the Compton and Dry. I suspect that some of the other, vernacular houses below are also on the View, but perhaps not perfectly rendered. As can be seen, while Compton and Dry is famous for its accuracy closer in to downtown, it is a little more fluid, and broken out at the outskirts of the city.

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These houses below date to around 1884.

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They now sit vacant and boarded.

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I’m a little suspicious of the dates that the City lists; they’re all listed as 1884, but are clearly from different eras…

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The properties are being bought up by a holding company that is mothballing the houses, I guess. It would be nice to know what their plan is.

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Update: See what it looked like in the middle of redevelopment in June of 2018.

2 Comments

  1. At least many are apparently being maintained – a little different from “that other developer” up North…

  2. I don’t know any specifics, but I have been seeing billboards for some big massive retail development that has been proposed/is being proposed on Kingshighway somewhere in the area Chouteau and Oakland Ave. I suspect the developer has bought up several blocks south of Chouteau in an effort to clearcut them and build up some totally sweet strip mall, in the “Chesterfieldesque Revival” school of archtecture.

    There are 4 apartment builds, quite nice, I might add, facing the intersection of Kingshighway and Chouteau that seem like they would be RIPE for renovation and easily getting tenants, but they have been boarded up for at least a few years.

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