The Handy Park Area, Revisited

Toby Weiss and I love the little Modernist enclaves built after World War 2, unfortunately often on the sites of former quarries. Luckily, many quarries were converted to parks, such as Handy, Eugene Tink Bradley and Windsor Parks, which is the best use.

But Handy Park also has some wonderful in-fill on side streets, dating from the 1930s to 1960s.

So it creates an interesting mix of architectural styles, where the homes of former quarrymen sit next to houses the Brady Bunch would buy.

The Sanborn Map above demonstrates what the area looked like, and why there is one block of “Ashland Ct.” Note the cemetery from yesterday’s post.

Update: See this same house below and some of the other parts of the Greater Ville in this post from October 2018.

Update: There was also at one point, up until the 1920s, an old worker’s cottage on the block that is now the park, that was probably part of the quarry operation, seen below.

4763 Ashland Prior to Demolition, Ferman at St. Louis Star-Times, 1937, Missouri History Museum, N34673

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