I don’t get down to the Southwest corner of St. Louis very often; I tend to stay inside Grand Boulevard. But when I do get down this way, I’m always blown away by the inventiveness and creativity of the architecture. St. Louis Hills (a single neighborhood that is often conflated to refer to half a dozen neighborhoods southwest of Kingshighway and Arsenal) represents the best of St. Louis’s most stable areas. Francis Park, a large swath of green space, sits right in the middle of it. Today, and the following days, we’ll touch on one side of the park at a time. Each are different; the west side is mainly large, single family houses in a variety of styles.
Nottingham School sits at the northern edge of the west side of the park; it’s sort of Art-Deco in style, with some Modernist influences. The mosaics are interesting.