Deeper into the O’Fallon Neighborhood #1

Update: The first pictures are from Alice Avenue, which I revisited in December of 2019.

There is so much beautiful architecture in the O’Fallon neighborhood, the area to the southwest of the park that was once the estate of John O’Fallon. While many of the pictures in this post are grim, the vast majority of the houses are well maintained and occupied.

These streets border College Hill, which is beset by abandonment and vast vacant lots.

Perhaps these houses along Warne are an illustration of how healthy, middle class neighborhoods can be affected by the abandonment nearby areas.

But then, just a block north, we have this absolute gem, in perfect condition, showing the potential of this neighborhood, and what we can still save with investment in these communities.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Holly Hildebrand says:

    Thanks for your pictures. My parents grew up on streets near O’Fallon Park — Athlone, Holly, Floriss Place. I remember their mentioning streets like Rosalie. My great-grabdmother built a home in the 4500 block of Holly about 1908. I believe the numbering was in the 2500s then but later changed. Thanks once again for your great work!

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Nice to meet you, Holly! Do you have any old photos of the neighborhood? I always love to see what it looked like back in the day.

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