Sublette Avenue sweeps south down to Oleatha, where its broad boulevard heads east towards Kingshighway. It is truly a special stretch of St. Louis architecture.
Dominated by what we call the Gingerbread Style, St. Louis’s own distinctive architectural style from the early Twentieth Century, each house is its own special work of art. You can imagine that individual masons were given free reign to create whatever unique composition they wanted within the dimensions of the house they were building.
The result is thousands of houses that each look like their own little castle or rural cottage, but with the modern amenities of the 1930’s and 40’s.
The Modernist apartment buildings that came later fit in well; their builders understood that dominant color palette on the block and stuck with it, creating visual harmony. Unlike when you get to Kingshighway, where suburban form interrupts the music like a needle dragged across a vinyl record.
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I adore the gingerbread style of home. They have their own personalities.