I love this old storefront church, which is a remnant of when this was not a “hot” neighborhood, but an impoverished community north of downtown. But now, as you can see below, buildings are being renovated at a rapid pace.
It’s remarkable that so many buildings survived in such excellent condition. I suppose that is a testament to how well they were built, and how much we could have saved in St. Louis if we hadn’t annihilated so much.
I think the beauty comes in the architectural homogeneity; while the buildings do not look identical, they were built in a similar Italianate style that was not altered over the last century.
As I mentioned before, the commercial uses are on the main street, while the narrow side streets that are perpendicular are given over to quiet activities.