Sidney Street Between Lemp Avenue and Salena Street, South Side

Sidney Street was one thoroughfare that has never changed its name over the years, but interestingly, Lemp Avenue, which is just to the right of the buildings above, was once known as Cambria Street. As I’ve mentioned before, in the 1880s, the City of St. Louis standardized street names along their Cartesian coordinates, and since Lemp Avenue further south on the west side of Adam Lemp’s Addition from 1855 was older and more prominent, its name won out.

Moving west looking at the south side of the street, we see what we would expect in Benton Park: a whole variety of Second Empire interpretations.

But there are also Italianate and Romanesque Revival houses, as well.

The leaves were already beginning to get in the way of my photography.

This corner storefront and apartment building is an interesting composition, and illustrates that transition as German began to move from the Second Empire into the Romanesque Revival.

We now reach where Salena Street doglegs at Sidney; to the south it was originally known as Liberty Street. To the north, it was known as Union Street. Due to my not making it out in time before the leaves grew on trees, we’ll have to look at the north side of Sidney at another time. On the northeast corner of Salena and Sidney is the former St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church.

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