Once one of the densest parts of the city just west of downtown, and lined with row after row of houses, the area west of Jefferson is now one of the most desolate areas of the city.
Update: The house on the left was demolished by the State of Missouri, its owner in 2019.
I did find three buildings clinging to life on Lucas Avenue just west of Beaumont, and despite being abandoned, they still show their strong workmanship and quality materials.
I’ve never seen this before, but when they knocked down the house next door, they left a fireplace hole unsealed, along with two flues.
The stately houses next door look like they’re in mint condition; I thought the slate roof tiles were actually new.
Looking closer, they look original, but they’re still in such great shape. These houses could be the centerpiece of a new neighborhood of in-fill, but I’m afraid they’ll be torn down before that, despite their prime location.
The sturdy Italianate rowhouse below still exudes a sense of class and quality.