Oregon Avenue Between Chippewa and Winnebago Streets, Gravois Park

Detail of Plate 33, Compton and Dry’s Pictorial St. Louis, 1876, Library of Congress.

Wow, there sure wasn’t much happening out on the block of Oregon in between Chippewa and Winnebago streets back in 1876, other than a huge vineyard on the west side, and grove of trees for a villa facing California Avenue. Nowadays, there’s a prominent Second Empire storefront on the northwest corner with Chippewa, and the block has filled in. Check out that very old wood frame survivor below.

The rest of the west side is filled in with two story houses and two-families that represent the architectural styles from th1870s to the early Twentieth Century.

These two are interesting; they appear to have three doors: one to access the two upstairs apartments, and two flanking doors for the downstairs units.

There is some rehabbing going on, as well.

An old Greek Revival cottage sits far back on its lot.

We now turn around at Winnebago and head south, looking at the east side of the street, starting with this late Second Empire house.

The east side is intriguing, with several very large parcels with very old Greek Revival houses sitting back on their lots; I suspect these pieces have not changed since the 1870s or earlier.

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  1. Beverly says:

    Do you happen to have any information on the Winnebago Presbyterian church in 1954 or around then? I found two address one on Winnebago and one on Tennessee. Any help would be appreciated.

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