Missed Connections, Old North

Old North St. Louis is famous for the success up around the 14th Street Mall and rightfully so, but I do want to draw attention to the mess down near the new interstate bridge and the cut-off streets it has caused, leaving the southern portion of the neighborhood isolated from the rest of the city.

Update: The house above was destroyed by fire in early 2022.

It’s a great place for dumping things, such what you see below, and for out of control trees to grow.

Update: The warehouse below was destroyed by fire in the last week of October of 2021.

And there are still some durable buildings left, but who would want to invest in them?

Update: The building below was demolished in June of 2023.

This building was supposed to be demolished, I was told, but it hasn’t been yet.

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  1. Timothy Long SR. says:

    Looks like these shots were taken looking east on Tyler from Hadley. The building on the right is the last remaining apartment known as honeymoon row. This would be the 1000 block. I lived on the 1200 of Tyler in the 1950’s and early 60’s. It sure has changed.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Yes, that is the area I was in. I’m sad to report that all of the houses are gone in the 1200 block of Tyler. Why was it called Honeymoon Row? I’m always interested in hearing from former residents!

  2. Tim Long says:

    It was called Honeymoon Row because that’s were the newlywed’s would rent an apartment. My old home at 1211Tyler was the last house on the block and burned down around 1996.

  3. Patrick J. Kleaver says:

    I lived in the 1100 block of Tyler (1121 Tyler, to be exact) from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. My house was immediately to the west of the one in the top photo (the one with 1/4th of the wall missing and graffiti on it). Edward and June Stockamp lived with their boys on the first floor in the pictured house, with a tenant or two living on the second. The house with its wall partially visible where the Stockamp’s wall has collapsed was occupied by the Sanchez family and the house immediately left of the trestle (and still in pretty good shape and apparently occupied the last time I was in the neighborhood early in 2020) was occupied by a woman whose grandson would occasionally visit her and when he did, I went over there to listen to his record collection (he was a big Elvis Presley fan). The formal name of “Honeymoon Row” was the “Tyler Estates” and consisted of three buildings. My dad (John) was born in one of them (1118A Tyler to be exact) in 1913 and after living on another street in the neighborhood, his family returned to Tyler, this time right across the street at 1121. (At the time the Estates were completed, they housed seven newly wed couples, the most of any block in St. Louis at the time). The Long family lived on the second floor of a house in which Tom and Helen Fitzgerald (a brother and sister) lived on the first and Tom still lived there when it was the only house left in the 1200 block (he moved to a senior citizen’s residence sometime before it was destroyed).

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Wow, thank you for all the information! This is so fascinating.

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