South Grand, St. Louis, Part 2

by Brian Cofer August. 17, 2008 2037 views

So, we stopped yesterday at around Grand and Delor. Let's continue our nortward hike.

Here's another masterpiece of early-20th-century St. Louis public school architecture, Scruggs Elementary.

Wow! A $25 reward! That must have been a lot of money when this sign was posted 50 years or so ago.

This area is in transition. A longtime middle-class area, it went downhill somewhat in the 1970s and ‘80s and now is slowly making a comeback. It’s really house-by-house along this stretch of Grand. Here is one of the cuter examples.

Across the street, we see that there's still some work to be done.

Here's Cleveland High School, perhaps the greatest masterpiece by architect William Ittner.

The reliefs above the door depict various trades.

Ted Drewes, St. Louis' world-famous purveyor of frozen custard. This is the second lesser-known location, a good place to go for shorter lines.

The Feasting Fox was built by Anheuser-Busch as a company-owned tavern. This was an attempt to polish the reputation of the saloon as a family-friendly place that served food. Eventually, A-B had to sell these places off after antitrust regulations forbade brewers from operating their own retail outlets. Two other A-B taverns still stand that I know of, one is the Bevo Mill, where I've eaten a few Thanksgiving dinners, and a third stands nearby and is used as an office by an architect friend of mine.

My favorite Vietnamese restaurant in STL.

Merb's has been around forever and has outlasted several neighborhood transitions.

This currently empty apartment building has so many possibilities. Fortunately, I saw a big trash bin around the side of the building, one of those indicators of rehab.

Pasadena, no doubt a nod to that early 20th-century fascination with all things California.

Looks like Andy's long ago served up its last moo shoo pork. The neighborhood “chinaman,” as they unfortunately call it here, is a particularly St. Louis institution that thrives disproportionately in black neighborhoods.

I have to laugh at the 1890s Queen Anne with the 1959 facade slapped on. Betcha anything this place was a funeral home. According to the notice taped to the front door, this appears to be operating these days as a probation office.

New lofts coming up as the neighborhood slowly creeps toward gentrification.

That dude is carrying a watermelon! They're coming out of the Aldi supermarket right behind where I'm standing.

You know you're in the 'hood when you see something like this.

This handsome old building has been abandoned the whole time I've lived here in St. Louis. Plans were announced for lofts and street-level retail a few years ago, but all that seems to have stalled.

Skatterman and Snug Brim have a new CD! I can't wait!

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