Lookaway Drive

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Who would have thought there was such a wonderful pocket of early Twentieth century houses a stone’s throw away from the Mississippi River in the far northern reaches of the city? I learned of the street from Noco STL, and had to check it out myself. Surrounded by run-down apartment buildings, these houses are still in great shape for the most part. The isolation is the most striking feature of this neighborhood.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Ann says:

    What a lovely find! i love hidden treasures like this.

  2. Tom Maher - Kirkwood says:

    I stumbled upon this pocket last year while looking for remnants of the old Chain of Rocks Amusement Park. There was nothing left, save a few paved areas – apparently all of the Section 8 housing was built over the park. But those houses were a real treat; just an oasis of beauty up there.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Tom, where was the park, exactly?

  3. Amy in StL says:

    The park was at the end of Lookaway; north of the teardrop. That was the turnaround located just outside the gates. There should still be a fountain, steps and some concrete flower pots left over from the original park on the slope leading down to Riverview Drive. According to my dad these were put in during the early 1900s for a scenic walk. I have a few pictures of these from the 90s; before they closed all the streets on the hill. You used to be able to access them from the last road that headed down just south of the teardrop.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Thanks, Amy. I see what you’re talking about from satellite images. There seems to be a path through the trees.

      1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood says:

        Several good aerial views of the park in its heyday – also easy to locate because of the bridge: http://www.forestparkhighlands.com/chainofrocks.html
        Also http://oldroute66.us/MO/moc000040.html
        A 7-minute video from 1970! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-3PZFT0UOg
        It closed in 1978.

  4. casey f. ryback says:

    Holy crap, after having read this post a while back, it motivated me to go up there with a friend of mine and explore the street and surrounding area on our bikes. We found all those big stone flower pots, fountain, and grand staircase still in the woods, almost completely reclaimed by the woods. I have some photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/102206720419401713224/ChainOfRocks02

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Thanks, Casey! Could you check the link to the photos? It didn’t work for me.

  5. Tina says:

    Yes, I lived right off Lookaway. My friend and I would walk in the woods and explore. I remember going door to door the and selling Girl Scout cookies to people who lived in those beautiful home around that area. One lady even became my friend and would have cookies ready to eat. Beautiful memories. Beautiful homes.

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