Irving School, Hyde Park

Irving School has been renovated into apartments, which are well-maintained and occupied.  After the demolition of Hodgen School last year (note the similarity in architectural style), this leaves Irving School as easily one of the oldest school buildings left in St. Louis.  While I love Ittner-Milligen schools, it’s still cool that a vestige of educational design survives from before their tenure in St. Louis.

Interestingly, I noticed around the corner the remnants of another meat packing plant.  Contrary to popular opinion, not all slaughterhouses were located in National City, but several were located in Hyde Park, including the much larger Krey plant.  The Gruensfelder plant was much smaller, but its business is clearly listed on its sign.  One can only imagine how people would react to a packing plant being so close to a school nowadays.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for the feature about Irving School. My siblings and I attended Irving in the mid to late 1950s.

  2. Janet Cook says:

    I believe my great Aunt taught at Irving School approximately 1920-1950?? (This is a guess based on her birthdate.) Do you have any records to confirm this or know where to research for this information?

    Thank you, Janet Cook

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Good question, Janet. What was her name? I could ask some contacts in the SLPS if they can check employment records. Email me at naffziger (at) gmail (dot) com.

  3. Keith ford says:

    I went to irving in the sixties. I remember having a female retired marine teacher..Keith ford/bubba. Thank you

  4. allen akers says:

    I attended Irving from 1952-1955. My 2nd grade teacher was Mrs. Horn. Sometimes during lunch some of us boys would go to the slaughter house and watch as carcasses were cut up around the main floor. We could go home for lunch or go down the street and get a bowl of chili and a glass of milk for a quarter if we didn’t want the school lunch for a quarter. Those were good times.

  5. allen akers says:

    I attended Irving from 1952-1955. My 2nd grade teacher was Mrs. Horn. Sometimes during lunch some of us boys would go to the slaughter house and watch as carcasses were cut up around the main floor. We could go home for lunch or go down the street and get a bowl of chili and a glass of milk for a quarter if we didn’t want the school lunch for a quarter. Those were good times.
    We lived at 3515a barret at grand. Across from fair grounds park. Hot nights we would sleep in the park.

  6. Jim Wehmeier says:

    Thanks for your article on Irving School. Went there from Kindergarten thru 2nd. grade, 1950 – 1952. Never thought it would still be around.

  7. I also went to Irving from about 1952-1955- second half of 2nd grade to 4rh grade. I don’t remember my 2nd grade teacher, but I had Miss Anger for 3rd and Miss Violet Wood for fourth. I remember they would bring the library cart around. We lived at 4024 A N.22nd St. My G Grandfather took out the building permit for the house in 1900. It is the second house south of the church at Angelica and 22nd. All boarded up. Many houses on the street are gone. The last time I was in St, Louis Irving was all boarded up. Glad to see it looking so lovely. The flat section N of the tower with 3 windows below was a playground.

  8. Jay Ann Preston says:

    I also went to Irving from 1952-1955- 2nd half of 2nd grade to 4th Grade. My teachers were Miss Tobin for 3rd, Miss Anger and Miss Violet Wood for 4th. I always remember the library cart came around and that the flat place N. of the tower with 3 windows below was a playground. We lived at 4024A N. 22nd St.
    G Grandfather took out building permit in 1900. The house is the second one south of the church at Angelica and 22nd St, It’s all boarded up and many of the houses on the block are missing now.

  9. Ferne Daggett Scully says:

    Love finding this article. I lived at 3939 N 22nd St. Started 1 grade 1942 and graduated 1951. Loved that school and all my teachers, they taught me a lot. I now live in Davie FL 85 yrs old and doing great. Do a lot of gardening, feeding 4 families. WONDERFUL MEMORIES

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