Delightful Eclecticism, Southwest Sides of Carondelet Park

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Update: I went back and looked at Loughborough Avenue again in 2018.

It’s hard to quantify much of the housing on the southern edge of St. Louis; it’s all sorts of different styles, and there’s not really one single style that predominates.

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Large turrets, like you might see in houses in Clayton, are common on grand corner houses like this one below.

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But development continued into the 1950’s and Modernist ranches joined their predecessors, some of which look to date from the Nineteenth Century.

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Turning off of Loughborough onto Leona, one is soon greeted with the sight of this eclectic beauty, complete with tower, stonework and a rich, almost burgundy red brick. It’s a favorite of many people in St. Louis.

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This house, with its sweeping Tudor Revival lines, bucks with the style and sports an almost dark mustard brick, with a unique little medallion above the upstairs window of what appears to be a ship. And also, a rarity in St. Louis, it has a front facing garage in its basement; I wonder how often it’s used as it looks quite narrow.

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  1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood says:

    These low, right-off-the-street, garages had their day back when cars had much more ground clearance on those steeply-angled approaches to the sidewalk . Nowadays they are fairly useless, and even for SUVs of any size; while the ground clearance may be there, their height and width precludes their use.

    I saw an interesting piece on, I think, Jalopnik a few years ago on how some residents of San Francisco solved this problem of their old houses with similar garages (but for cars only). It involved a sort of added ramp between the sidewalk and the garage entrance that reduced the acuteness of the angle; since it perforce reduced the height, it worked for cars only.

    And Thanks for these photos – lots of good memories from HS parties there in the ’50s.
    Love the rounded-top front doors so common; my modest little brick house in Kirkwood has one as well.

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