Belleville, Sidestreets

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Update: I revisited the intersection in the spring of 2019.

Belleville is not just some suburb of St. Louis; it has long been the county seat of St. Clair County, the seat of a bishop and has its own unique architectural style, while similar to St. Louis, has noticeable differences. The storefront above, originally a Stag saloon, is slated to become a history museum. Not sure of the time table, though.

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Above, these houses continue in the species of house seen near the Stag Brewery earlier this week.

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While this Italianate house is distinctly Belleville–frontal and not turned sideways like a rowhouse, as would happen in most of St. Louis.

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Interestingly, and I’ve noticed this in other cities, as the Nineteenth Century moved towards the Twentieth, there tends to be more uniformity across the country. Was it the development of better communications systems?

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I really enjoyed my drive around Belleville; it is still a thriving city and shows lots of potential.

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