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.
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.
Perhaps what is also most striking is the leafy tree canopy which is now gone.
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.
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.
Past those buildings, there is this nice building at the southwest corner and the Chase Park Plaza.