Survivors, Westminster Place, Grand Center

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A reader alerted me to a beautiful street of homes in Grand Center hiding in the shadow of the Coronado Building on Lindell. Westminster Place, perhaps more famous for its stretch through the Central West End, begins at Spring Street and passes over Vandeventer Avenue.

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The large Romanesque Revival mansions, such as the one above, have always fascinated me; unfortunately, many of them are now gone, since their major period of popularity placed their construction in Grand Center, which has seen heavy and brutal demolition.


Above photo courtesy of Allison Smith.

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There is some in-fill that sits in between the historic homes. Why does this stretch of houses survive when so many others have been demolished?

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Rounded turrets are a hallmark of the Romanesque Revival, as these two houses demonstrate.

I have no idea what to call this house below; it is such an interesting mix of styles.

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Everything on the left side of the Sanborn was demolished for the Coronado; the right side is still well-if not perfectly-preserved. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Westminster and Vandeventer

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  1. Michael says:

    The fourth picture from the top is the headquarters of the Central Catholic Verein (Union) of America. It prints the bi-monthly journal, the Social Justice Review. Please stop by sometime and we’ll give you a tour of a long forgotten and rare library! It has some of the rarest German books this side of the Atlantic. The historic home inside has been largely preserved. Please come and take a visit! We’d love to have you.

    Call us at: 314-371-1653
    or email

    Here is our website:

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