The Mysterious Wall, Russell Boulevard, Compton Heights

Apparently, before there was Compton Heights, there was an earlier Compton Heights. Laid out along what was then Pontiac, there were several huge lots facing the Compton Hill Reservoir. And I discovered this all because that wall along Russell Boulevard is clearly older than the Modernist apartment building behind it, and knew it was out…

Tudor Revival Influences, Compton Heights

Half timber construction, of fachwerk in German, is bundled under my tag “Tudor Revival,” which is really a style of architecture that dates to the transition from Gothic to Renaissance style in England. It appears throughout St. Louis, often mixed with other revival styles at the turn of the Twentieth Century, as these examples show….

Tan Brick, Compton Heights

Red brick is popular throughout the city east of Grand, but as the urban area moved west, less and less of it appeared on the front facades of houses. In Compton Heights, owners could afford to have the new tan brick on all four sides. The tan brick gives a nice, southern European feel to…

Turrets, Compton Heights

Whether influenced by the Romanesque or Renaissance Revival styles, the grand homes of Compton Heights often features turrets, with conical roofs. A little nod to the fortresses these German immigrants saw in their youth?

3463 Longfellow, Compton Heights

The first owners of this stately 1895 house seem to be William Becker, and then presumably his son and daughter-in-law John and Adele Dittmann Becker. Like many prominent St. Louisans, they participated in the masked ball celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the city. They attended church in the Central West End at…

3154 Longfellow, Compton Heights

Legend is the owner and builder of this 1935 house was an iron worker, or he owned an iron works, thus accounting for the elaborate iron railings and bars. Makes for an interesting story, at least.

3505 Longfellow, Compton Heights

I wrote about this masterpiece in my article about the Compton Heights House Tour. Here are more photos of this amazing house on Longfellow.

Second Empire Houses, Compton Heights and Compton Hill

Don’t forget, as amazing the mansions in Compton Heights are, there are a wealth of stunning Second Empire houses dating back to the 1870s and 80s in the area, on the back streets or Compton Avenue. They represent an era that was mostly demolished in Midtown. They’re survivors, and you should take a look.

Northwestern Compton Heights

Separated by Russell Boulevard there is a small pocket of stunningly beautiful houses in the northwestern portion of the Compton Heights area. Called by some Reservoir Square or Compton Hill, the area developed in the Nineteenth Century, with in-fill continuing into the Twentieth Century. While many houses look like the typical early Twentieth Century houses…