Survivors Revisited Yet Again, Ohio Avenue, Fox Park

I hope my readers understand why these seemingly humble and insignificant houses on Ohio Street, just up the block from the stately St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, are such wonderful buildings, and deserving of being saved. I looked at them originally back in 2014, and then again in 2016. These are very old,…

College Hill in the Snow #30: 5200 Block of Conde Street

Well, isn’t this interesting? Another large cluster of wood frame houses on Conde Street. I had spotted this cluster a while back (fifth photo), and I finally got back to take a look at them. There are one story versions, and two story ones, and then ironically, there are new in-fill houses, which you can…

Checking In On Old North, “Post-McKee”

Update: See the house in the pictures above and below in the winter of 2019. The house was demolished by July of 2019. Its roof collapsed in 2014. Yes, there is a house in there, hidden by the giant volunteer trees. It’s owned by Paul McKee’s Northside TIF, and he was supposed to have divested himself…

Hyde Park in the Morning Light #35, Garden Street

Why is Hyde Park so special to me? It’s because of these little streets, upgraded from “alley status,” that still survive around the neighborhood. Yes, these houses are all abandoned, falling down in many cases, but they represent a beauty that is being lost in St. Louis. Little woodworking details, on what are otherwise humble…

Hyde Park in the Morning Light #34, 20th Street South of Salisbury

South Hyde Park, which I define as south of Salisbury Street, has a slightly but not totally different feel than the northern half. The south side has less mansions, more workers’ cottages and some amazing alley houses. This is a cool building, which clearly once used horses for its business. I suspect that the owners…

Hyde Park in the Morning Light #4, The Italianate Beauty

Thousands of people left Hyde Park in the Twentieth Century, but many people stayed. The owner of this house not only stayed, but double-downed on their investment, carefully restoring and updating two beautiful Italianate row houses. While the original buildings are carefully restored, they also added this cool atrium in the back. Sadly, just feet…

Mallinckrodt Street, Hyde Park

There are amazing rehabs happening in Hyde Park, such as this one with what looks to be a stable behind it. These alley houses, one ravaged by fire, are increasingly rare, but more common than other neighborhoods in Hyde Park. There’s this amazing half-flounder that’s been jazzed up over the years.   And this spectacular,…

Wells-Goodfellow #13, Hamilton and Wabada, Vicinity

The sun had risen up above the horizon, and the red brick so famous in St. Louis was glowing. This old gas station seems to have been converted into a house; there are garages in the backs of these apartment buildings, and surely this station was busy. The walls are collapsing on this apartment building,…