Just northwest of the intersection with Grand Boulevard, Natural Bridge Avenue has a series of St. Louis institutions, each of a different variety. The first one, the old Fairgrounds Hotel, once housed Cardinals and Browns players who played at Sportsman’s Park a mere four blocks away. Stan Musial even lived there for a time, but the hotel declined after the Cardinals moved downtown. It is now an apartment building.
Update: This was originally the Sixth Christian Scientist Church, one of many that were built in the early Twentieth Century in St. Louis. I went back and revisited it in the late summer of 2021.
Below, this church, built in the Beaux-Arts style, sits along the avenue as well; built in 1923, it sits amongst parking lots and vacant lots.
Update: I went back and photographed Beaumont extensively in the late summer of 2021. It closed in May of 2014 after 88 years.
The grand edifice of Beaumont High School, featured in a movie about integration, is now on the way to closing in its current iteration.
Built in 1925, during an era where the belief was that great architecture actually inspired people (now a quaint and “old-fashioned” idea), it dominates this stretch of Natural Bridge across from Fairgrounds Park.