The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 15: Pennsylvania Avenue Between Meramec and Gasconade Streets

Just north of Meramec Street, Pennsylvania Avenue has a row of Arts and Crafts two-family apartment buildings, built in 1927. Some have had their second floor porches preserved, but the one below has had it ingloriously removed and patched poorly.

Then two apartment buildings from 1940 appear; this time we have an explanation why the 1920s and these later buildings were built so late.

This was the location of the William Schray and Sons Florist Company, and their greenhouses and other outbuildings occupied the west side of Pennsylvania south of Gasconade over to Minnesota Avenue.

This Greek Revival house below dates back to the 1860s, and definitely William Schray lived there or at least listed his business address out of there, and maybe even built it. I do not know anything about his florist business but I could find out that he attended church at St. Anthony of Padua up the street, and was active in German American business circles. Later, an employee of Union Electric, a Mr. Ben Kuenneken and his wife lived there in the 1950s, after the florist business had closed and the property subdivided for housing no later than the 1920s.

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