Lee Avenue Between North Kingshighway and Marcus Avenue

I had some time to kill, so I decided to explore the entire length of Lee Avenue from North Kingshighway to North Grand Boulevard. While there’s technically four blocks east of Grand, there are not any houses facing the street. At Kingshighway, Lee technically turns to Brown Avenue and enters the Mark Twain Industrial Park. What’s fascinating is that as you head east/southeast, you basically go back in time from the 1940s to as early as the 1870s by the time you finish. For a large portion of at least the eastern portion, Lee is wide, necessitated by the streetcar going down the middle of it, and the avenue remains an important east-west artery in the Fairgrounds and Penrose neighborhoods.

Around North Euclid Avenue, there is an abundance of Gingerbread style houses, which are in mint condition, rivaling the streetscapes of anywhere in St. Louis Hills.

The cross streets are likewise in great shape, with the same basic massing for each house, but individualization making every house unique.

I realized I photographed the two houses below on the left way back in October of 2017.

Moving to the east and going back a decade or two, we now enter into the Arts and Crafts stylistic era.

We then reach Shreve Avenue, which is a major north-south artery, leading up to the former St. Engelbert’s. There is some commercial space at this intersection as there is likewise further up the street.

Continuing up to Marcus Avenue, the Arts and Crafts bungalows dominate the streetscape.

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