Wells-Goodfellow #26, The Beautiful Apartment Buildings

Update: My original theory was incorrect; examination of city plat maps in October of 2018 revealed there were buildings on all of these vacant lots. It must have been a truly stunning street originally. I wonder if every other building was demolished in a futile attempt at “revitalization.” This was actually done in the 2300 block of South Compton Avenue in Tower Grove East. I revisited this street and buildings in the winter of 2018, the spring of 2021 and then in January of 2023 (last four photos). I visited a block in Tower Grove South with similar buildings in April of 2023. I revisited the street again in July of 2023.

Built in 1929, as far as I can tell these apartment buildings never had other buildings in between them.

The side yards are big, and allow for community.

I think these are such beautiful buildings, and it pains me to see them all vacant now.

The streets are gently curved, following the lead of the topography.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. ben says:

    AAAAAHHHHHHHH this breaks my heart!!!!! The whole series you’re doing on this neighborhood does. North City is such an overlooked treasure – it has a great street grid, tons of quality building stock, it’s flat and easy to ride or walk in, and it isn’t carved up into a thousand pieces by industrial infrastructure. Investment can’t happen soon enough. But it’s going to be up to individuals. No silver bullets.

  2. Jim says:

    I like the 2 small windows on the upper floor. I wonder what their function was in the interior.

    1. ben says:

      There is a hallway in the center of the building, allowing access to four flats on each floor (2 on the left per floor, 2 on the right) and maybe a couple basement flats. The small windows illuminate the hallway.

      1. Chris Naffziger says:

        They also might be bathroom windows.

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