Southern McKinley Heights, Revisited

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This strange little house above, tucked back the busy corner of Gravois and Jefferson; it appears on the Compton and Dry view.

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A surprisingly large number of those little houses survived the main wave of urbanization at the turn of the century.

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I’ve become increasingly interested in the early years of settlement in postbellum St. Louis of the 1860-80s, before the “tract housing” of the early Twentieth century that filled out these neighborhoods.

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Update: I revisited the house below in November of 2020 (seventh photograph down).

In particular, I like how these early vernacular buildings sit either way up or far back on the lot.

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Last two photos courtesy of Jeff Phillips.

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