Hyde Park in the Morning Light #38, Destrehan West of 20th Street

Crossing over 20th Street, Destrehan Street gets even more interesting.

Here, the Bungalow Belt gets even more pronounced, and while a few are abandoned, they are mostly occupied.

But oh wow! The north side of the street is a long and complex story!

A variety of different wood frame houses sit next to brick neighbors. I love those little Italianate houses like you see on the right below.

While some of these wood frame houses are abandoned, many are not, lovingly cared for, right next to abandoned brick houses.

And this Second Empire dandy has tried to fit in with the crowd with asphalt shingles on its front.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Slevin Kelevra says:

    Very interesting portion of the neighborhood Chris. I noticed that the majority of the buildings on this block were constructed in the late 1800’s. I was wondering if the commercial/industrial building to the west was always that use (according to City records the building was built in 1948) or if it was redeveloped to that use at that time? I suppose that a Sanborn map would be of use to answer this.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Buildings that stylistically differ from the stated building date in the city’s records are probably due to later additions, sometimes as simple as adding a bathroom. Also, I suspect that many buildings from before a certain date get slapped with a generic date of construction around 1883. I can’t tell you how many antebellum buildings in St. Louis are listed as being built in 1883.

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