The row of houses in between Parnell (really sort of the traffic artery Jefferson becomes up north) and N. Florissant Avenue is one of the most beautiful streets in St. Louis.
I love showing it to visitors to blow people’s perceptions of North St. Louis; I am under no naive impression that the northern half of our city does not have serious problems, but I am tired of self-appointed experts (who have never even visited this neighborhood) pretending that there are not people working hard every day to improve their community.
Here is the first time I featured it extensively on my website, back in April of 2008, and the very first time with a single image. I have revisited the street many times, such as in this post from 2013.
Below, the George Vashon Museum is one of two museums you can visit for a small admissions fee on St. Louis Avenue, in what was once a mansion, then a funeral home.
Update: The Loler House was destroyed by a squatter’s fire the evening of May 15, 2021.
Update: Steven Roberts now owns the Polish Falcons building.