North Side of Lynch Street, Benton Park

Charles Keemle, Recorder. Partition of the Nicolas Barsaloux Survey, Subdivision of the Bacanne Tract, 1858, Missouri History Museum, Lib201-00006.

Heading east down Lynch Street, we skirt the southern edge of the slender Barsaloux Addition, platted in 1866 after having originally been surveyed in 1858. It’s another one of those French farm fields that came up from the river; you can see the addition surveyed on the left in the plat above.

Lynch is an interesting street, as there are really only buildings on the north side of the street that face south; otherwise the houses and stores on the cross streets face east or west, so we only see their flanks. There was a large amount of demolition, and consequently extensive in-fill construction in highly desirable neighborhood of Benton Park.

It’s a mix, with fully brand new houses as you see above, but then below we see a historic building that’s been combined together into a larger residence.

We cross over Missouri Avenue and realize that it was once Barsaloux Street, which was and is a common practice of naming a street after the name of the addition in which it intersects.

This house and its back building has acquired an almost adobe-like exterior.

And the ivy is truly out of control on this house.

But then we get to survivors like this, which was clearly built as three one-and-a-half rowhouses, with dormers originally. They appear to have been combined into two, with the gangway on the right filled in as a porch or something.

Then there is the more standard Second Empire three-story house that is so common in Benton Park. It seems that Lynch attracted for the most part more humble dwellings for the most part.

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