Francis Preston Blair, Jr. Monument and the Lindell Entrance to Forest Park

Standing at the Lindell entrance to Forest Park, the statue of Francis Preston Blair, Jr. memorialized a Missouri politician that is not very well known anymore, but was once so prominent that he is actually one of two Missourians represented in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Here’s another great writeup about Blair, at a…

A Vanished Mansion at the Corner of Lindell Boulevard and West Pine Drive

These two houses along Lindell Boulevard just west of Kingshighway, which I looked at way back in March of 2008, used to have two neighbors just down the street, back when this was actually known and platted originally as Park Road, as I mentioned yesterday. Designed by the famed architecture firm of Barnett, Haynes and…

Lindell Boulevard from North Boyle Avenue to Kingshighway

Proceeding further west on Lindell Boulevard, we see both well-preserved stretches of historic architecture and utterly obliterated streetscape. There are those stunning townhouses, which I would love to own if I didn’t have to worry about a car driven by a man-child flying into my living room every day. And then there’s the former of…

Lindell Boulevard Between Vandeventer and North Boyle Avenues

Heading west of Vandeventer, this stretch of Lindell Boulevard is perhaps the most devastated of the entire street in the Central West End. There is hardly anything left from the Nineteenth Century left on the north side. Even the AAA was once threatened with demolition for a drug store several years. Perhaps the most notable…

Lindell Boulevard from Grand Boulevard to Vandeventer Avenue

Ah, Lindell Boulevard! I avoid the street like the plague because it is such a dysfunctional street. Once a residential street lined with mansions, sometime in the Twentieth Century it became the busiest street in the city. The mansions were demolished, and it became lined with businesses, while the through traffic jumped over to Highway…

Two Unique Buildings, Olive Street Just West of North Compton Avenue

Often while sitting at the light at Olive Street and North Compton Avenue, I’ve looked to the west and seen these two buildings. I finally decided to take a look at them more closely. The first building on the right was actually the location of an western outpost of the famous Tony Faust’s restaurant. The…

In the Footsteps of Lillian Handlan Lemp

Many readers are no doubt familiar with Lillian Handlan, who would marry William Lemp, Jr., the heir to the Lemp Brewery. Later, their acrimonious divorce would make headlines around the country. But she also lived in many places around St. Louis, and I’ve identified several places she called home. There may be more, but for…

Engineers Club of St. Louis

Here we go again! Another Mid-Century Modern “Masterpiece” is threatened with demolition, or at least in this case a thorough gutting that leaves the shell of the building, and a huge apartment building will rise in the swath of blacktop behind it. This section of Lindell is a freaking dead zone, by the way, and…

The Gustav William Niemann House

Regardless of the fate of the Optimists Building, I still just absolutely love the Niemann House. Gustav William Niemann lived in this house around the turn of the Twentieth Century, and it’s a reminder that Lindell Boulevard was once lined with residences such as this. It was renovated into law offices several years ago, and…