A photographic, historical tour of St. Louis, Missouri with the occasional jaunt into the woods.
30 September 2011
Historic Compton Heights (est. 1889)
Located in the shadow of the Compton Water Tower off of South Grand Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri is one of the earliest residential developments of the 19th Century. By 1875, many of the city's most successful capitalists had moved their families west of downtown. Opposed to the rectangular gridwork so common in the past, and still today, are a couple of meandering streets making up the Compton Heights Neighborhood. Planned in 1889 and opened for development in 1890, this neighborhood is home to more than 200 uniquely designed homes. Many are still in great shape due to the dedication of their owners and the designation as a historical district.
Above, 3522 Hawthorne (on right) unknown designer in 1894. More about the neighborhood in tomorrow's post.