I’ve noticed it in passing before, but this time I was walking down St. Louis Avenue it fully dawned on me how ridiculously wide this street is. While certainly it was planned as a grand avenue for North St. Louis, its broad dimensions now seem a detriment to its health. There is little traffic, and it speeds by at high speeds.
This cluster of houses was a little further east of the houses from yesterday, and I think only one was possibly occupied. I enjoyed the wide variety of housing styles, showing the slow development of lots over decades. It was certainly a beautiful street back in the day.
It’s interesting to see the signs on the side of buildings.
Update: the house above was hit by brick thieves after this photo was taken and later demolished.
Barren, desolate streets stretch off into the distance; there is no reason to worry about cars coming. Off in the distance is the old Central High School.
The typefont below shows that this building was not abandoned too terribly long ago. What is it like to leave a building abandoned for the last time?
This house below is huge! Now, granted, it’s a two family, but I suspect the house was added on the back at some point.
Update: the house above and below disappeared without a trace by June of 2018.
I love St. Louis builders; the two dormers are way too close together, but they make a quirky composition that I enjoy.