California Avenue Between Wyoming and Arsenal Streets, Benton Park West

North of Wyoming Street, California Avenue has the normal Benton Park West style houses, influences by the German immigrants who settled here around 1900. There is the heavy influence of the Romanesque Revival.

My friends nicknamed the houses below “cyclops” houses because of their large Roman style front windows. The front doors are on the side of the house for privacy.

Then we see the influence of Renaissance Revival architecture in the building below.

Then we see more Second Empire architecture as is common in this area.

Crossing over Juniata Street, we come across a Lutheran church I’ve looked at before.

Then, near Arsenal Street, there are businesses that took advantage of the traffic on the major artery coming up from South Jefferson and Broadway.

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  1. Matt says:

    Your top picture of the old storefront used to be Neman’s Market. I’d stop in there after Mass and get a soda. The man who owned it was a devout Muslim. He was very nice and always called me “young man”, or, “my friend.”

    The Baptist Church pictured has a long-time pastor. When we see him on the way to church, I still wave to him.

    I lived on California Avenue from October of 1990 to November of 1992. The neighborhood was not too good back then. It has improved somewhat.

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