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…

Penrose in the Snow #8, Four Family Flats

Then there are all sorts of interesting four-family flats around Penrose. Unlike some neighborhoods, such as Wells-Goodfellow, there are not whole streets of them, but they appear in pairs or by themselves. I think that is a good thing; four-family flats are a necessity to provide a wide variety of rental price points, but too…

Penrose in the Snow #7, The Past and Future of Retail

Corner stores rarely exist in St. Louis anymore, as larger chains have taken over. If you own a car, it’s no big deal to go to your favorite store. If you’re on foot, it’s a different story. That being said, I don’t resent places such as Family Dollar; at least they are willing to invest…

Penrose in the Snow #6, St. Peter’s AME Church

Update: See the church again in the fall of the same year. Originally constructed in 1898 as the Salem Evangelisch Lutheran and Reformed Church, this stately Gothic edifice is now the St. Peter’s AME Methodist Church, the second oldest African-American congregation from 1847, moving into this building in 1962.

Penrose in the Snow #5, Arts and Crafts Apartment Buildings

Continuing St. Louis’s tradition of hiding apartment buildings in the guise of a single-family house, these wonderful Arts and Crafts two-family flats exist in whole streets around Penrose. They are smart investments, as the owner can live on one floor and pay the mortgage with a tenant on the other. I know several people who…

Penrose in the Snow #4, Arts and Crafts Bungalows

I love Arts and Crafts houses; they have a cool, almost modern perspective, but yet still using historic craftsmanship combined with woodwork and rustic stonework. There are whole streets of them in Penrose. And of course, the break with the red brick monopoly, at least on front facades, continues with this style.

Penrose in the Snow #3, Modernist Houses

Due to the late development of the Penrose neighborhood, there are also some interesting pockets of Modernist ranches and Cape Cods. They are all from after World War II, so they are ahead of the “obsolescence” curve that so often dooms houses in St. Louis from securing mortgages and home repair loans.