St. Louis Place from North Florissant Avenue

Looking across North Florissant Avenue into the St. Louis Place neighborhood, we see the apse of the old St. Liborius, which we probably shouldn’t be able to do if it weren’t for the demolition of so many of the buildings between here and there. Below, we can see again how the street grid of Old…

Enclaves of St. Louis: A Corner of Wells-Goodfellow

I’ve become intrigued recently with little enclaves of houses left behind when industry, highways or other constructions have cut off or isolated what was originally larger neighborhoods. The first one I’m looking at is an area of around a dozen houses reached by what is technically Hamilton Avenue south of Natural Bridge Avenue. It was…

4300 Block of West Belle Place

I thought it would be interesting to examine the block that was the subject of one of the most infamous election fliers in St. Louis history. In 1916, voters approved an ordinance that outlawed a member of one race to move onto a block where members of one race already constituted a 75% majority. It…

Vernon Avenue West of Shaare Zedek, Revisited February 2022

I have been meaning to get back up to the Lewis Place neighborhood, one of the centers of the African American middle class in St. Louis. I looked at it extensively back in 2016, and I remember being amazed at its resiliency, the beauty of its housing stock sitting just blocks north of the Central…