West Florissant Avenue, College Hill

Bellefontaine, Soulard and A-B Brewery 049

West Florissant Avenue south of O’Fallon Park goes down to two lanes, much as most major streets in St. Louis once were. For whatever reason, the major boulevard plan did not extend up to this stretch, instead turning off onto Natural Bridge (via Palm, technically).

Bellefontaine, Soulard and A-B Brewery 050

Update: The buildings above were demolished for a plaza by the fall of 2019.

It’s a sad stretch, featuring both active funeral homes and row after row of abandoned buildings, many showing signs of life just in the last couple decades, if the fonts on their faded signs are any indication. I wish College Hill was doing better.

Bellefontaine, Soulard and A-B Brewery 051

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Yojimbo says:

    “For whatever reason…”

  2. Paul says:

    I forget where I saw it, but there’s a master plan for the “Warne Wedge” out there somewhere. What a cool commercial district.

    1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood MO says:

      Here is a link to the “Warne Wedge,” part of the North Newstead Association’s site:

      Back in the ’50s, I had a great aunt who lived on Warne, just North of the park. Pretty exotic city living for a hoosier kid from the boonies of Kirkwood (Gosh, but the houses were close together!). Her house has long-since vanished…

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