I don’t think people realize just what a beautiful street St. Louis Avenue is for much of its path through North St. Louis.
Yes, this block has some abandonment and demolition, but most of the houses are still occupied. Much of the housing stock has more in common with the Greater Ville to the west.
I always find these houses interesting because they alternate between being single family houses and being two-family flats, and there is usually no rhyme or reason to it.
But yes, there are some problem properties, but just look at the porch below on the left, and how the pillars gracefully flare out at the base.
And yes, the parapet walls need constant maintenance.