The Bremen Avenue Row, The Past

Update: The remaining two buildings in the row, closest to Blair Avenue, were rehabbed and saved from destruction in 2017.

All photos courtesy of Rob Powers, Built St. Louis.

I know many readers were particularly interested in my post last week on a row of houses that are now, unfortunately mostly demolished. A reader realized Rob Powers had featured the houses from when he photographed them in 2006, and he kindly shared his detail shots of the row. At least two row houses were already demolished by then. These pictures are really amazing; they capture the beauty of the houses but also the intense feeling of sadness that hangs over them. Of note is the double window dormer (for lack of a better word) in the picture below. What a terrible loss; they were truly unique and now they’re gone. One of the reasons I do this site is the hope that builders and architects see these buildings and are inspired to build new buildings better. This row is clearly worthy of note by anyone of good taste.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. john s says:

    do you think those are stone or iron window brickmoldings? I can’t recall seeing windows treated like that anywhere else in the city. it almost looks like what people have done in the past fifty years, which is to reduce the opening to fit a smaller modern window, but that’s obviously not the case here.

    I remember that row from when I delivered pizza to the near north in 2005. I had a regular customer across Bremen, and always marveled at the long row with the front yards.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Good question; I will go examine the remaining houses and see what they are.

  2. casey f. ryback says:

    The third photo seems to suggest there had been a fire in one of them. Had there been vinyl siding, it would be more obvious, but the brick doesn’t show much – just the wooden window frame.

  3. Nic says:

    Interesting observation John. It is possible that the glass panels were framed by iron moldings during that time. Glass architecture has become an ever evolving field that has practices greatly varying from the past; perhaps someone can find an answer to your question.

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