The Beauty of Dutchtown, 57: Oregon Avenue Between Gasconade and Osage Streets

We take a look to the west down Gasconade as we head north up Oregon Avenue, looking at the west side of the street.

While there are some one-off houses, there are mostly the standard South City houses with the main entrance on the side, which is something I have not really seen in most cities.

There is an old wood frame house thrown in, as well.

But for the most part, houses are from the 1890s or so.

Then there’s this strange passage of small houses, sitting abandoned and far back in their lots, filled with weeds.

They’re definitely some of the older houses on the block, but I’m not sure what their story is.

Before we get to Osage, there is a large alley dwelling.

What is interesting is that the alley building looks much older than the early Twentieth Century apartment building facing Osage. We discover by looking at old fire insurance maps that the alley house was in fact originally a slaughter house!

Turning around and heading south, we now look at the east side of the street, which starts with some bungalows.

But then sadly, there are a series of abandoned houses, in increasingly bad shape.

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