North Newstead Avenue, Penrose

I’ve long been interested in the diagonal streets and rugged terrain of the northeastern corner of the Penrose neighborhood. At the intersection of North Newstead and Carter avenues is the old Christian Hospital, which is now the Prince Hall Senior Services Center. Like many hospitals, Christian moved out to the suburbs. Heading north up Newstead,…

Ashland Elementary School

While Ashland Avenue is in the vicinity, the eponymous elementary school is actually on North Newstead. It opened in 1909 and was designed by William B. Ittner. The view of the front fašade is blocked by trees, but it is still visible from the street. As is typical of Ittner elementary schools such as Mullanphy…

Saint Louis Dream Center, Former Most Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church

Until I began researching all of the Roman Catholic parishes in St. Louis, I had absolutely no idea that Most Holy Rosary existed up in the Penrose neighborhood. It is a beautiful church, with perhaps some understated Norman Gothic Revival architecture, and it is still occupied by a new church, the Saint Louis Dream Center,…

Dryden Avenue, Penrose Neighborhood

I make a lot of discoveries by just scanning around, looking at satellite images. I found another interesting little footnote in the street grid of North St. Louis in the Penrose neighborhood. In between Penrose and Anderson avenues, there is a strip of grass that clearly was intended to be a continuation of Dryden Avenue,…

Bircher Boulevard

Update: See North Newstead Avenue, which intersects Bircher Boulevard nearby. Historic aerial photography reveals that Bircher Boulevard used to be just that, a tree-lined, elegant boulevard in North St. Louis, separating the Penrose and Walnut Park neighborhoods. But then Interstate 70 came along, and annihilated it, turning Bircher Boulevard into nothing more than a sad…

Penrose, October 2018

Last March I photographed Penrose in the snow, but I came back in mid October to take more pictures without the snowflakes in the way. It is a beautiful neighborhood, but abandonment is beginning to creep in, and I worry about the long term health of the area as home loans become difficult to acquire….

Old Salem German Evangelisch Lutheran Church

I came back to see this church in the fall, after the snow had made photography difficult last winter. It is a beautiful church, and an example of the many German Lutheran churches that once existed throughout the city. Those interested in learning more about my research of the Lemp family and their brewery can…

Penrose in the Snow #11, Early Wood Frame Houses

Then there are the really old wood frame survivors, such as these on Aubert Avenue. Ironically, Post-Modernist in-fill has been added to the street, as well. Full circle? These houses below were clearly built before the street was graded, and they still sit high up on the original topography. Below is the backside of the…

Penrose in the Snow #10, Two Story Houses

Parts of Penrose clearly developed early, and these houses are great examples of earlier housing styles. It is a shame that so many of this period of time are abandoned. They make great houses. And as usual, I think some of them are actually two-family buildings masquerading as single family houses. Also, senior citizens interested…

Penrose in the Snow #9, Turn of the Century Bungalows

I like these little guys, often with a lot of panache even for a small house. I typically think of many of these one story “railroad bungalows” (I heard that term used once) with Dutchtown. Nonethless, they’re great starter homes or permanent homes for people on a budget. Also, senior citizens interested in attending a…