Twelfth Street Between Barton and Lami Street

Twelfth Street between Barton and Lami is a complete dichotomy. Looking first on the east side of the street heading north, we have an almost uninterrupted streetwall of Greek Revival row houses, all restored, though not all with their dormer windows rebuilt. They were not all built at the same time; for example, there is…

Twelfth Street Between Victor and Barton Streets

The west side of Twelfth Street north of Victor to Barton Street is an interesting mix of Second Empire storefronts and apartment buildings, with one later house thrown in. The corner storefront builder ingeniously incorporated a house or small apartment building contiguous to the north, and then there is another Second Empire four-family just across…

Twelfth Street Between Sidney and Victor Streets

Starting up at the top of Twelfth Street at Sidney on the east side, we have a church that has been known by many names over the years. What is now very well done side was probably original cedar shingles, in what was known as the Shingle Style. Here’s an example of a church in…

Sidney Street Between Thirteenth and Twelfth Streets

The 1200 block of Sidney Street on the north side is completely intact, starting in the west at 13th and heading east. I have to wonder if there was another house just to the west that was demolished to allow for street straightening; it just seems too odd for there to be no windows on…

Thirteenth Street Between Barton and Victor Streets

This post was originally going to feature the blocks between Barton and Sidney streets, but then I realized there were no houses facing Thirteenth Street between Victor and Sidney (that section was blasted through later). I’ve actually looked at this section of street before, but it was when my camera was dying and I thought…

Eighteenth Street Between Sidney and Barton Streets, East Side

Continuing my practice of going up and down blocks in the City of St. Louis with interesting architecture, I’m going to look at some notable and very intact streets on the south side of Soulard. The first one I’ll be looking at is in Eighteenth Street from Sidney to Barton Street, passing over Victor. We’ll…

Former Carmel of St. Joseph Monastery, Revisited

I can’t stress the importance of the survival of the former home of the Carmelites in Soulard. It’s a fantastic example of Neoclassical architecture in an ecclesiastic building. I looked at the former Carmel of St. Joseph Monastery back in November of 2019. The front portal, which includes pilasters in the Tuscan order, features a…

The Romanesque Revival Apartment Building, Soulard

Update: See the building on a sunnier day in this post (last photograph). I’ve always been fascinated by this Romanesque Revival apartment building at the southeast corner of Lami and Twelfth Street in Soulard. It used to be, in its last iteration, a very low rent building, with monthly rates around $200. I also was…

The Louis Obert House

I knew there had to be something special about this house. This was the residence of Louis Obert, whose brewery was directly across 12th Street and whose grave I looked at back in October of 2018. It’s a great example of the more ornate expressions of the Second Empire that was once more common in…

Historic American Buildings Survey in Soulard

Always remember, they wanted to completely demolish Soulard, and put in a totally forgettable suburban style neighborhood that probably would have been torn down by now, too. But just because buildings are abandoned, or missing a pillar, doesn’t mean they can’t be saved. Houses in Soulard now typically go for over a half million dollars,…