Holly Hills East of the Railroad Tracks

Smaller houses and multi-family buildings predominate east of the railroad tracks in Holly Hills, with busy Grand Boulevard nearby. Still, however, the housing stock remains well-maintained. What will its future hold, however, if slumlords get their hands on this inexpensive real estate?

Railroad Tracks, Holly Hills

The railroad came to what would become Holly Hills first, and it remains. There are far more at-grade crossings than in central St. Louis.

More Side Streets, Holly Hills

Holly Hills was suburbia when it was laid out, early automobile suburbia, but suburbia nonetheless. There are still some alleys, but for the most part, drive ways begin to intrude into the streetscape. There are fewer and fewer multi-family buildings. The architecture has moved away from strictly red brick, and the experimentation with more medieval…

Federer Place

Federer Place was laid out with a boulevard and a distinctly secluded groundplan; on one end are the railroad tracks, and at the other end is another street. You can’t just wander back here accidentally while passing through. It’s a beautiful streets of eclectic architecture, absolutely glowing late on an April afternoon.

Side Streets, Holly Hills

As I once said years agoabout Lafayette Square, the beautiful mansions on the major streets of the city show off to visitors what a great city this is. But it’s the side streets, where most of us live, which are really the heart, the meat of the city. They are just as beautiful.

Holly Hills Boulevard, Revisited #2

The western half of Holly Hills Boulevard offers a fascinating look at the 1920s and 30s in St. Louis. I looked at the street years ago, but we returned again this last weekend.

Holly Hills Boulevard, Revisited #1

The eastern half of Holly Hills Boulevard offers a fascinating look at the 1920s and 30s in St. Louis. I looked at the street years ago, but we returned again this last weekend.

Holly Hills Boulevard

What can I possibly say about the ensemble of stunning early Twentieth Century houses that line Holly Hills Boulevard north of Carondelet Park? They’re amazing, and you should go check them out yourself if you can.

Delightful Eclecticism, Southwest Sides of Carondelet Park

Update: I went back and looked at Loughborough Avenue again in 2018. It’s hard to quantify much of the housing on the southern edge of St. Louis; it’s all sorts of different styles, and there’s not really one single style that predominates. Large turrets, like you might see in houses in Clayton, are common on…