The historic fabric of St. Louis is slipping away east of Broadway, both up north, and down south in Carondelet, where some of the oldest surviving housing stock in St. Louis resides.
What is most interesting is the juxtaposition of brick and older stone buildings, usually one story with a sloped roof.
The house above appears to be a central hall house, but the Sanborn maps (see below) show it as two separate, two story buildings.
The stonework of these two houses would cost a fortune nowadays, but at the time it was a durable, efficient means of constructions. I suspect many of them were here during the Civil War.
The house above, which features living quarters both upstairs and in the basement, reminds me of houses on the Hill.
People still live down here in these old, old houses, but I’m worried about the future; surely only tenacity is keeping people here, as the area is largely abandoned and deteriorating.