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…

Penrose, July 2022, Part One, North Newstead Avenue and Environs

I’ll be honest; I got totally lost in the Penrose on Saturday. I really love the neighborhood because it’s so hidden away and so few people know about. I wanted to get back and see how it was doing, and show off more of its great, well-kept streets and tidy streets. But I don’t know…

The Forgotten Bircher Boulevard

I thought I would look into greater depth regarding the former Bircher Boulevard, which while still preserved as a highway exit off Interstate 70, has largely been destroyed. I looked at the houses on the south side of the former boulevard back in April of 2019, and I can only imagine what happened to the…

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 faade 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: I revisited Bircher Boulevard in July of 2022. 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…

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….