Lindell Boulevard from North Boyle Avenue to Kingshighway

Proceeding further west on Lindell Boulevard, we see both well-preserved stretches of historic architecture and utterly obliterated streetscape.

There are those stunning townhouses, which I would love to own if I didn’t have to worry about a car driven by a man-child flying into my living room every day.

And then there’s the former of the sadly departed Salt. And it just dawned on me–that Tuscan-columned front porch is not original! Look closely and you will see that there is a former obscured in the front elevation of the original façade. The fenestration behind the colonnade makes no sense for a classical house, either. How interesting.

And this beauty, the Isaac Meyer and Albert Stix House, still stands at 4378 Lindell. Meyer was a wholesaler in saddles, and Stix obviously was a member of Stix, Baer and Fuller, the famous department store. The house later became the home of dressmaker Maison de Bernard.

As is so common, however, the next house has become a law office. Attorneys love old houses for their offices, it seems.

Across the street and west of the Engineers Club is the famed Rosatti-Kain Girls High School, which while is institutional, it is built in such a way that it embraces and enhances the street wall.

Note the open book in the wreath in the simplified and possibly incomplete pediment over the front door.

In typical form, a giant apartment building from the mid Twentieth Century is built in such a way that it permanently ruins the view of the New Cathedral from the south side of the city. It was originally the site of a church which disassembled its building and moved to the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood.

But of course, there were spectacular mansions on this stretch of street, as well.

William Swekosky, 4472 Lindell, 1960, Missouri History Museum, N06330

Reaching Taylor, we look back to the east on the north side of the street at the houses demolished for the now-demolished San Luis Apartments and still standing Archdiocese Chancery.

Arthur Proetz, Lindell Boulevard, Northeast Side of Taylor Looking East, November 29, 1953, Missouri History Museum, N38904

The view to the east now of course is that of a parking lot for the cathedral.

William Swekosky captured the houses demolished for the San Luis as they were in the process of being gutted.

William Swekosky, House Next Door to 4459 Lindell, 1960, Missouri History Museum, N06335

Perhaps what is also most striking is the leafy tree canopy which is now gone.

William Swekosky, House Next Door to 4459 Lindell, 1960, Missouri History Museum, N06334

We’ve looked at the southeast corner, where the Optimist building is before, as well as the stunning Niemann House sits. Turning around, we look west, seeing the south side of Lindell.

Arthur Proetz, Lindell Boulevard Looking West at Taylor Avenue, November 29, 1953, Missouri History Museum, N38947

The Walsh Mansion, now the Archbishop’s residence, as well as many of its neighbors to the west are well-preserved, as I’ve shown back in December of 2008 and April of 2014, and before we get to the former Bel-Air Motel.

William Swekosky, 4510 Lindell Boulevard, Residence of Julius S. Walsh, Jr., 1918-25. Since 1925 the Residence of the Archbishop of St. Louis, 1925, Missouri History Museum, N36662

The north side of the street is that impressive row of historic apartment buildings.

But interestingly, they removed what had once been a single-family mansion, designed by the famous brewery architecture firm that provided the plans for most of the buildings at Anheuser-Busch.

Louis Brinckworth Residence, 4511 Lindell, 1904, Widmann, Walsh and Boisselier, Architects, Missouri History Museum, N33532

Past those buildings, there is this nice building at the southwest corner and the Chase Park Plaza.

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