Penrose, July 2022, Part Three, Anderson Avenue and Environs

Like St. Louis Hills or North Pointe, the housing styles continue to vary from Cape Cods to even very simple versions of the Colonial Revival. The streets are quiet and there were only people mowing and tending their garden when I went by in the morning. And of course, there are large number of Gingerbread…

Penrose, July 2022, Part Two, Penrose Avenue and Environs

Continuing on Penrose Avenue, more or less, we see more housing stock that reminds me of the Greater Ville, which of course is not very far away, just south of Natural Bridge Avenue. I’ve always been intrigued by these little one-story houses with the false roof on the front façade. But then, we see a…

Illinois Avenue Between Osage and Chippewa Avenues, West Side

I had initially ignored Illinois Avenue in Marine Villa due to the presence of its little bungalows, clearly built in the mid Twentieth Century. But I finally took a look, realizing that there must be an interesting story, and simultaneously acquired an appreciation for the little guys. Starting at Osage Street on the south and…

South Eighteenth Street, Adam Lemp’s Addition

South Eighteenth Street between Utah and Cherokee streets, is an historical and important block in the story of the Lemps. Adam Lemp originally owned all of the land on either side of the street, which was originally Lux Street, and then Second Carondelet for a little while (that street name is more famous for being…

4300 Block of West Belle Place

I thought it would be interesting to examine the block that was the subject of one of the most infamous election fliers in St. Louis history. In 1916, voters approved an ordinance that outlawed a member of one race to move onto a block where members of one race already constituted a 75% majority. It…

Wells-Goodfellow, Autumn 2021, Part Two

Just beyond that well kept block of Hebert we are confronted with the abandonment of Clara across from the Horseshoe, which has not gotten any better than when I walked down these streets back in March of 2017. The Horseshoe is gone, of course, and is serving as parking for this church as well as…

Wells-Goodfellow #15, Cape Cod Houses on Kennerly Avenue at Hamilton

Update: I revisited the Cape Cod houses in the fall of 2021 (fifth photo down). And then, amidst the devastation, there are neat rows of Cape Cod style houses, immaculately maintained. Owner-occupied, and just a couple decades younger than much of the neighborhood allowed these houses to survive.