The Beauty of Dutchtown, 65: South Broadway Above the Bluffs Between Fassen and Walsh Streets

The Beauty of Dutchtown Series left off with No. 64.

I’ve become intrigued with the houses on the west side of South Broadway north of Bellerive Park (I’ve looked at it twice before, here and here, as well as its views and the park down below).

I’ve even looked at a short stretch of it before, back in August of 2017, just north of the cool bridge that extends west of Bellerive Park.

But I’m interested in seeing how the city comes to an abrupt end at the bluffs, where there is a normal street grid on the west side of South Broadway, as you see in these photos, and then on the east where there are a series of large parcels, some of which still possess large institutions while others have been replaced by large apartment complexes.

But what I find so interesting is that it’s such a hodgepodge of architectural styles, from Arts and Crafts bungalows to large ornate mansions.

On the east side of South Broadway is the massive Altenheim, which basically can be translated as “Old Folks’ Home” in German. As can be seen here below, there was an older building that was demolished for the current senior housing.

© Dorrill Studio, Altenheim Building, 5408 South Broadway, April 1949 Missouri History Museum, P0243-11711-01-8a

There are even some of those squat 1950s duplexes with the hipped roofs back on the west side of the street.

And plenty of two-family flats.

This is the area where there was another shot tower, though it is lesser known than the one on the Near North Riverfront.

Thomas M. Easterly, Ruins of Jacob R. Stine’s Shot Tower, 5218 S. Broadway, 1850, Missouri history Museum, N17122

A very large and ornate mansion, which was clearly built in stages, occupied the flat land above the bluffs in the years afterwards.

John J. Anderson Residence, 5218 South Broadway, 1894, Missouri History Museum, N33425

There are some incredibly beautiful buildings with mottled brick that go to show that red is not the only color in St. Louis that can shine.

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  1. What is the history of the Altenheim? I’ve been inside to give talks on Germans and it’s incredible.

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