The Beauty of Dutchtown, 66: South Broadway Above the Bluffs Between Walsh Street and Nebraska Avenue

Continuing north across Walsh Street, we see some more modern houses, and we look to the past, when on the east side on the bluffs, one of the more interesting and harrowing train stations in the St. Louis region. The Iron Mountain Railroad went far to the south to the Arcadia Valley, passing through here.

Tucker’s Station on the Iron Mountain Railroad, Carondelet, 5108 South Broadway, c. 1860, Missouri History Museum, P0245-S03-00022-5g

But further on, there is a stretch of the classic Dutchtown four-family with the white terracotta ornament, though each has taken on its own personality over the years. Across the street is this masterpiece.

But there are also some large single family houses, as well.

We also see the appearance of the large apartment building, which I have realized are really just four- or six-family flats built right next to each other. This house sits on the bluffs across the street.

Sadly, abandonment is creeping in, with absentee landlords and speculators contributing to deferred maintenance and neglect.

Nebraska Avenue comes in at this very severe, sharp angle, and a small swath of green space is created as South Broadway interferes with the rigid grid of the city.

Houses sit in such a way that they have two public faces directed in opposite directions.

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