I realized one day that the gates to the historic Vandeventer Place, razed in the 1950’s for the Veterans’ Hospital and youth facility, were relocated to Forest Park. I rushed over to snap some pictures before my camera’s batteries died.
Like many private streets in St. Louis, Vandeventer Place was a closed street, and consequently needed elaborate gates to keep out “undesirables.”
There’s something sad about the Vandeventer Place Gates; they’ve been robbed of not only their original location, but original purpose to top it off.
I almost wonder why anyone bothered to save the gates, considering the unbelievable destruction of so many beautiful houses was occurring behind them.
And to add insult to injury, they couldn’t even find a place where the gates could still function as an ornamental gateway; instead they just plopped them down in the middle of a field in a quiet corner of Forest Park by the Jewel Box.
The gates almost look like the severed head of a murder victim, dumped in the park while the rest of the body lies buried elsewhere.