The Greater Ville and Western Lutheran Cemetery, Late Summer 2021

I decided to check up on the Western Lutheran Cemetery, which I had not visited January of 2021, and had not really looked at closely nor walked the grounds since January of 2019. I came down Ashland Avenue, and to my dismay, I discovered in the 4500 block one of those unique one story bungalows…

Western Lutheran Cemetery, Revisited Again

Update: I went back in the late summer of 2021. We took a walk around the inside of the Western Lutheran Cemetery to take a closer look at some of the tombstones and monuments. I discovered that a Lutheran congregation in St. Louis County has been helping to maintain the cemetery, and I have noticed…

Western Lutheran Cemetery, Revisited

Update: I went back to the Western Lutheran Cemetery in December of 2018?and in the late summer of 2021. I got back up to the Western Lutheran Cemetery, founded in 1865, and I made some new observations now that the grass is shorter. This is easily one of the most historic, if largely forgotten, cemeteries…

Western Lutheran Cemetery

Update: I revisited the cemetery in April of 2018 and in January of 2019 and in the late summer of 2021. Way up north, southeast of the intersection of Kingshighway and Natural Bridge Avenue, sits the Western Lutheran Cemetery. Since individual Lutheran churches all possessed their own cemetery, many of these burial grounds suffered when…

Trinity Lutheran Church, Soulard

Trinity Lutheran traces its roots back to the first Northern German immigrants to St. Louis in the 1830s. While Germans had been arriving from Roman Catholic areas as well, this congregation showed the increased sectarian diversity of the city. It still is an active congregation, almost two hundred years later. The church building, a stout…

Around Ashland Avenue, The Greater Ville

Two years ago, I wrote the following about the houses above that I photographed on a cold, gray morning: “And then, there is a small pocket of Modern bungalows, which if this neighborhood’s trend continues, might very well have been part of a quarry operation or always open space before these were built around or…

4500 and 4600 Blocks of Lexington Avenue, The Greater Ville

A mixture of houses line the 4500 and 4600 blocks of Lexington, which like Ashland, is an especially long stretch just east of the Western Lutheran Cemetery. Old Italianate bungalows are still around, but most houses are from the early Twentieth Century. ? There there are a couple of Modernist houses, one built from the…

4600 Block of Ashland Avenue, The Greater Ville

The 4600 block of Ashland is weird; it starts in the middle of the long block with 4500, but then continues on for a short block west of Cora Avenue. The house above is an old wood frame survivor. The houses above are more examples of the sort of beautiful, affordable homes that developers provided…

4500 Block of Ashland Avenue, The Greater Ville

Heading further west, the terrain continues down into a valley, and the houses change, as well. First up is a house that I would expect to see in Benton Park or Hyde Park, and was certainly out in the middle of nowhere when it was first built. I like the porch that was added on…