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Victor and Lemp Avenues, Revisited, Benton Park

For lack of a better way of describing them, there are a host of cozy little streets to the southeast of the intersection of Jefferson and Gravois. As is the same behind the other three corners of that bustling crossroads, many of the houses date back far in St. Louis history, to around or just after the Civil War. Blues City Deli is a landmark in the area.

Of course, as seen above, there were still houses being built on available lots into the early Twentieth Century as well. Below, I spotted a vibrant hydrangea bush.

Lemp Avenue doglegs its way up here, before ending at Gravois, and there are a host of interesting houses, which probably held employees of Falstaff Plant No. 10, which is across the street.

Many, such as the one below with the ghost of its neighbor still evident, might even date back to when the Falstaff brewery was originally the Otto Stumpf plant, and the short time he was partners with William J. Lemp, Sr.

These are actually huge houses, but it’s sometimes hard to tell, but if you rotate them or think about the long side facing the street, you realize how large they are.

Lami Street, named after one of the early landowners of these plats, is destroyed by the interstate, but there are still some very old houses, such as this type of flounder house, below.

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