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Wisconsin Avenue Between Arsenal and Crittenden Streets, Benton Park

I looked at Wisconsin Avenue north of Arsenal Street last November, but it’s such a great street that it’s worth revisiting. Take the house below; it is one of the oldest homes in the City, and it is impeccably restored.

The house below is also a real stunner; it captures the moment when the Second Empire was transitioning into the Romanesque Revival as the preferred style of not just the upper class but also the upper middle class that emulated the trends of the brewery and factory owners they served.

Then there are simple Italianate style buildings such as the one below, which I suspect has been altered judging from some scars in the brick.

6 Comments

  1. Would you happen to have an idea about when the house in the second picture was built? The only date that I could find was the 1999 renovation date, but it looks like it was built sometime in the first half of the 1800s maybe in the 1830s or the 1840s as guess.

    • The Benton Park National Register nomination states that at the very latest it was built by 1865 by a perfumer named Joseph Loiseau, but as you note, due to its form, it could be much, much earlier. I suspect it is one of the oldest houses still standing in the city of St. Louis.

    • Thank you for helping restore historic houses in St. Louis! Which house do you mean?

  2. It’s the little gray one on the left in the first picture, with white lattice under the front porch…When I was working there I had no idea how old it was.. The outside is covered with vinyl siding and inside is drywalled with a pergo floor…I had to open a wall to do some work. It is framed with logs basically.

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