Union Boulevard, Walnut Park, Revisited

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator. Colonel Henry Clay House,West Florissant Avenue, Saint Louis, Independent City, MO . Saint Louis Missouri Independent City, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. 

Starting at the corner of West Florissant Avenue and Union Boulevard, we discover the southwest corner once held a beautiful Italianate mansion, now long gone. I am curious about the inordinate number of children spilling out of the front porch.

I’ve looked at Union Boulevard between West Florissant and I-70 before, back in July of 2019, and it’s an interesting stretch of street.

There have been many demolitions of the old workers’ houses that I photographed in the past, but there are still many houses left that I remember from before. There is also this interesting corner store, which you can see below.

Many houses are in good shape, but they sit next to others that are burned out.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Hans Lothander says:

    My friend Bob sold the Post-Dispatch outside Tomboys store at the corner of Union and Lillian. Lots of little businesses on that corner inc. a lunch diner and a cobbler that I remember. Mid1960s

  2. Greg Warnusz says:

    I think the commercial building in white brick with rounded corner was at Thekla and once housed Dengler’s restaurant. But it could be the site of the TomBoy mentoned above. George Dengler later opened a cafeteria on the east side of Union between Lilian and Prange. I was a busboy there.

  3. David says:

    When I lived there in the late 50’s and early 60’s the rounded corner building at Thekla and Union was a drug store. It even had an old fashion soda fountain counter where you could order and enjoy phosphates.

    My girl friend’s father, Ben Bono was the cook at Denglers Cafeteria for many years located on Union between Lillian and Prange. until it closed

    The Tom Boy’s was located on the corner of Lillian and Union and is still a market of sorts.

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Wow, thanks for the memories!

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