Vine Grove Avenue, The Greater Ville, Spring 2022

After I featured Vine Grove Avenue in two posts (here and here) back in January of 2019, the City began to demolish a large number of the abandoned houses on the one block long street in autumn of the same year. I wondered what had been going on since that time in this isolated corner…

Mount Airy Missionary Baptist Church

I learned an interesting story about this church and its parking lot at the southwest corner of Marcus and Maffitt in the Greater Ville neighborhood. If you look closely, it becomes obvious that the large white rectangle on the brick wall is in fact an old movie screen, and the parking lot is a former…

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…

The Greater Ville and Western Lutheran Cemetery, Late Summer 2021

I decided to check up on the Western Lutheran Cemetery, which I had not visited January of 2021, and had not really looked at closely nor walked the grounds since January of 2019. I came down Ashland Avenue, and to my dismay, I discovered in the 4500 block one of those unique one story bungalows…

Natural Bridge Avenue Between Warne and Clay Avenues, South Side

Heading west on Natural Bridge Avenue, there are more surprises that can be enjoyed, including this massive duplex on the right above. There seems to be more single family houses west of Warne Avenue. Sadly, there is more abandonment, with some interesting houses that have been left to deteriorate. But then there’s this wonderful surprise:…

Natural Bridge Avenue Between Vandeventer and Warne Avenues, South Side

I know that many people, including business owners along Natural Bridge Avenue, have spoken out and criticized the “road diet” that has considerably narrowed the major thoroughfare through a multitude of North St. Louis neighborhoods. There were concerns that it would negatively affect business, and I would not ever claim to know how to run…

Former Wagoner Place Methodist Church, In Ruins

The former Wagoner Place Methodist Church collapsed into a giant pile of rubble, which frankly surprised me. On my first and only previous visit, it looked perfectly fine, and I didn’t see any reason why it would structurally fail so spectacularly. I guess, looking back at my old photographs, that if you examine the eaves,…

Farragut Elementary School

I couldn’t help notice the similarity between David Farragut Elementary School in the Greater Ville neighborhood and Franz Sigel down in McKinley Heights. Both were designed by William B. Ittner, though Farragut opened in 1905, a year before Sigel. Both are named after Union commanders: Farragut, the first full admiral in American history, and Sigel,…

The Greater Ville, January 2020

I was in the area of the eastern Greater Ville, and a found new surprise while checking on some updates. This amazing Greek Revival country house shows that there was plenty of early development out in the Grand Prairie near Fairground Park long before the “suburban” housing stock was built in the early Twentieth Century….

Around Ashland Avenue, The Greater Ville

Two years ago, I wrote the following about the houses above that I photographed on a cold, gray morning: “And then, there is a small pocket of Modern bungalows, which if this neighborhood’s trend continues, might very well have been part of a quarry operation or always open space before these were built around or…