One hundred years ago, there wasn’t a lot at the intersection of Grand and Chouteau; there was a quarry, some houses, but no signs of the massive buildings that would one day fill the area.
On a recent Saturday, I had the pleasure of joining a picnic at the intersection, in one of the large, empty lawns that stretch out to the southeast.
It’s striking how elevated the location is, and it provides stunning views of the the city from midtown all the way to downtown.
As the Twentieth Century unfolded, institutions like SLU Hospital were built, along with the Pevely Dairy.
Sadly, despite such huge building being around, the area is desolate, and not just because of the closure of the Grand Viaduct. Frankly, there is nowhere to walk to, or from in this area, and the only passersby seemed to be transferring bus lines.