Westminster Place Between North Taylor and Walton Avenues, North Side

First off, look at this amazing stump! Alright then, moving along, as soon as we move past the gates of Fullerton Place, we are on regular Westminster Place, and the tone of the streetscape completely changes as we walk past Second Presbyterian Church on the northwest corner of Taylor Avenue.

It is a beautiful block, with a fascinating mixture of the same styles of architecture that we saw on the more exclusive blocks, except now the lots and houses are smaller.

Richard W. Lemen, 4615 Westminster, View looking west of homes on the north side of the 4600 block of Westminster Place in the Central West End., June 6, 1930, Lemen Streets and Sewers Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, St. Louis Public Library, Lemen2444.

This last apartment building, at the northeast corner of Walton Avenue (a less known street because it starts at McPherson and heads north away from the more well-known parts of the neighborhood), has an interesting story. This is where Tennessee Williams lived with his family, and where supposedly The Glass Menagerie was set. He actually hated the Central West End, despite the fact that today the neighborhood celebrates that he grew up here. Williams is buried in Calvary Cemetery.

Tennessee Williams Apartment Building, c. 1960, Missouri History Museum, N21258

2 Comments Add yours

  1. W. White says:

    That stump is why you should not allow English ivy (which is what the vine looks like) to grow on your trees. It probably killed the tree, causing both tree and vine to be cut down.

    Also, Columbus, Mississippi celebrates Tennessee Williams’s birth quite prominently, even though Williams moved at such a young age that he had no recollection of his birthplace.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Makes sense, and judging from the diameter of those vine roots, it was left to go out of control for probably decades.

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