Woodward Elementary School

Obscured by trees, Woodward Elementary School sits along a section of Bellerive Boulevard, which was part of a planned arterial system that would have gone around the entire city. It was never completed, but there is this school, which opened in 1921, designed by Rockwell Milligen.

Woodward Elementary, School Building, December 1937, Missouri History Museum, P0900-18601-01-4a

The school has two identical wings that flank an ornate central portal.

The middle section, like many Milligen-designed schools, is awash in far more ornament than the much more spartan wings to the north and south. It could be best described as Tudor Revival, that period of the Gothic that moved into the Renaissance under the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

The southern wing, identical to the north, is not shrouded by trees to the same degree as the rest of the school building. The playground parking lot extends back to Bates Street, which is a secondary artery in the neighborhood.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. ME says:

    Chris, can you elaborate on your first sentence in this post regarding Bellerive Blvd?

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      There was supposed to be a larger “Kingshighway Boulevard” system that was never built that I saw in a map a long time ago (and unfortunately I can never find it!) that planned to link a series of tree-lined boulevards around the city. Bellerive Boulevard was one part of it, as well as Reber Place, which comes out west from Tower Grove Park. I will keep searching for that map.

      1. ME says:

        I wonder if Oletha AV west of Kingshighway was also part? Intresting. Thx!

        1. Chris Naffziger says:

          I checked the original plat map filed with the City for Kingshighway Hills today, and it looks like Oleatha was laid out that way originally, and was not part of a citywide plan.

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