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,…

Two Little Houses, Old North

I think these little guys have so much potential. It would be perfect for an artist, who could live in one house, and have a studio in the other, and the alley house could serve as a rental property. You know, sort of like how these houses were designed originally. As incomes continue to stagnate…

3600 Block of Ohio Avenue

I’ve looked at these houses before, but I came back to look again. Look at the little guy above; probably it was originally built as an alley house. But then, going north, the old Lutheran Hospital is to the east, and a row of beautiful houses appear. I suspect that possibly doctors or other administrators…

The Funky Alley, Benton Park West

Weird things abound in this city, the result of the slow, often hodgepodge rate of development. But sometimes, those weird things survive up to the present day, such as the “funky alley,” as I call it, just southwest of the intersection of Ohio and Gravois. Even back in 1875, in the Compton and Dry, you…