The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 41: Virginia Avenue Between Delor and Itaska Streets

Passing by Delor, we see this Second Empire house on the west side of the street. Much of this section of Virginia was built in the Twentieth Century after this house, as the Whipple Fire Insurance map shows.

Whipple’s fire insurance map of St. Louis, Mo. Volume 8, 1898. Plate 77

After these two Arts and Crafts bungalows, there is a huge swath of vacant land, which was probably where some buildings were torn down.

The houses pick back up, and I can tell the faade of this house was simplified, most likely either to spalling or changing tastes in the mid Twentieth Century.

Then there is this stout house, with some white paint added to the original terracotta and a new two-story back porch out the side.

This storefront, which has been converted into a living space, carefully follows the angle of Virginia Avenue

Somebody did a remodel of the dormer on the house below; it is an interesting mix of styles and is probably originally from the 1890s.

Then there are these three beauties in a row, showing how there is a certain theme to the architecture in Dutchtown, even if the houses do not look identical.

Crossing over and heading south, there are several well-restored storefronts, such as the one below.

There are also several interesting stores that have moved back into what had been empty for years, as you can see below.

After these buildings below, we cross over Liberty Street (which only goes to the east) and there is an empty parking lot. For the most part, the street wall is preserved on Virginia Avenue, with only a few intrusions.

Then there is this cool building, with its round windows and Streamline feel to it.

I suspect its neighbor was built at the same time.

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