I made a wonderful discovery in the Library of Congress’s collection of photographs from the Historic American Buildings Survey, when photographers, in this case Paul Piaget in August of 1960, documented the built environment around the United States. I photographed 3811 Kosciusko Avenue back in November and posted the picture above here.
Despite the mythology I’ve observed about South St. Louis, much of the housing stock built in the mid-Nineteenth century was approaching the century mark in age in the years after World War II.
East of Jefferson, neighborhoods were poor, and they are actually wealthier now than they had been for much of the Twentieth Century–or even in some ways the Nineteenth Century.
But these photographs give us a window into what this almost perfectly preserved house looked like as it settled into possible abandonment, in a neighborhood that is still struggling with many vacant buildings.