Small Houses

I saw a bunch of small houses recently that I thought were interesting. The first one has a sad ending, as when I photographed it the first time in my look at Virginia Avenue in Dutchtown (eleventh photograph down) it was still in good condition. I don’t know what happened. Sometimes I forget that a…

Arsenal Street Between California and Oregon Avenues, South Side

Crossing over California Avenue, the Grand Furniture Mart anchors the southwest corner; it is actually a combination store and apartment building, creating a dense, urban streetscape. Tucked behind it is a Second Empire house and a 1950s in-fill house. But the next building above, is important; it is a rare double half flounder built along…

Arsenal Street Between Ohio and California Avenues, South Side

Moving west from Ohio Avenue on Arsenal Street, we see a HUD house that has been built on a vacant lot, probably back in the 1970s. I actually met the owner of the house at SerbFest, where he was working security. Next are two stout four-family buildings, which are such a mainstay of the Benton…

Arsenal Street Between Jefferson and Ohio Avenues, South Side

I realized that despite the hundreds of times I’ve driven down Arsenal Street in Benton Park West I’ve never actually photographed it comprehensively, so I hit the south side of the thoroughfare one morning recently. Starting at South Jefferson Avenue, which I’ve looked at here and here, we move west and go by vacant lots,…

Oregon Avenue Between Wyoming and Utah Streets, Benton Park West, Fall 2020

Heading south of Wyoming and looking at the east side of Oregon, there are more of the typical and stout Romanesque Revival houses and two-family flat apartment buildings. There are also still some Second Empire buildings, as well. There is that normal transition from wood-based decoration to brick and terracotta-based ornamentation. There is some rehabbing…