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.