Sticking Out, Westminster Place, Central West End

I was walking down a quiet stretch of Westminster Place, admiring the houses built in the first decades of the Twentieth Century, when I spotted this house.  Wait a minute, I thought, this house doesn’t belong here.  The heavy damage to much of the architectural details is striking, as well.

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City records state that the house was built in 1891, but as often happens, the records sometime record a later addition; I suspect this house is older, perhaps from the 1880’s.  It clearly once had a more elaborate cornice, which I suspect might have been a Mansard roof.  It doesn’t appear in the Compton and Dry view, either.  It’s not unusual to see a house that is decades older than its neighbors, as many streets were laid out long before development occurred on them.  One or two houses would be built, and then the years would slip by before more development occurred, as in this case, the years surrounding the 1904 World’s Fair in Forest Park.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Daniel says:

    Recently stumbled across your blog while doing some research on St. Louis neighborhoods. Must say I am intrigued by your clear passion for architecture and the history of this once proud City. Just wanted to say hello and point out a small typo in the first paragraph. “Wait a minute, I thought, this house doesn’t below here.”

    Also would welcome the opportunity to meet and participate in some of your work. Please feel free to contact me.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Daniel, nice to hear from you. Send me an e-mail.

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