Thirteenth Street, Soulard

Update: I went back in the winter of 2021 to look at the west side of the street. I went back in the spring of the same year and looked at more of the street further south.

The giant Romanesque Revival mansion above, sitting on the crest of the hill above Soulard on 13th Street, wouldn’t have been built when Compton and Dry was drawn in 1875. But some of the houses were already built, even if the majority would be built soon after.

It’s an interesting mix, and you can see how the houses were nicer in the 1870s and 80s, and then became less lavish as the 1890s and 1900s rolled around.

But look at this amazing Second Empire duplex, with slightly projecting bays.

This elegant Italianate house projects out from the street wall below.

Then there is this magnificent Second Empire house with elements of the Romanesque creeping in. There are incredible little details in the brickwork and terracotta.

Finally, there is a row of houses, with Federalist, or Greek Revival elements in the roofline, but Italianate cornices.

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