South Side of Potomac Street, Gravois Park #2

Over the next three weeks on Thursdays and Fridays, I’ll be looking at the three east-west streets parallel to Cherokee Street in Gravois Park, the neighborhood to the south of the famous commercial artery. This is where the east-west streets are “Indian Tribes” and the north-south streets are the “State Streets.”

Moving further west, the terrain goes downhill, and the housing stock is slightly newer, from the teens and 20’s.

Large single family houses line Nebraska Avenue, which is a main artery where more prosperous families would live.

Then there is strange in-fill such as this sadly ugly building, which I believe was vacated after a meth-lab exploded, forcing the evacuation of the other residents in the middle of the night.

But then there are these little single family houses, which are great affordable homes.

And what is great news, and a sign that there is a hope where I never expected it, the house on right has been rehabbed after being gutted by a fire. See a picture of it before here. I do hope that the half-timber will be painted appropriately soon.

I like these small little bungalows, though they could use their missing cornices restored.

But there is still work to do with the challenging four-family flats which many developers do not like to tackle due to lack of interest in small rental units.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Walker says:

    Hey! That sad ugly building is going to be awesome when I’m done rehabbing it. I’m working on it myself. I’ve got plans to pretty up the exterior as well…

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Great, glad to hear!

  2. Also: the reason no one is tackling the one in that last photo is that the masonry has crumbled below the parapet and affected the roof joists and roof integrity.

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