Category Archives: Benton Park West

Two Blocks of Utah Street

by Michael R. Allen Now that I live south of Tower Grove Park and work at Cherokee and Jefferson, my daily path has taken me through Benton Park West’s grid of state streets. Some blocks and buildings are familiar from … Continue reading

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Cherokee Street Decorated for the Holidays, 1940s

by Michael R. Allen These two photographs from our collection show two eastward views from the late 1940s down Cherokee Street around Christmas time. Amid the wreaths decorating street lights are an array of shoppers and so many projecting store … Continue reading

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Iowa Avenue House’s Days Are Numbered

by Michael R. Allen Last year, the Community Development Administration issued a “last chance” call for a proposal to rehabilitate the vacant house at 3244 Iowa Avenue in Benton Park West, owned by the city’s Land Reutilization Authority. (See “Last … Continue reading

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1950s Parade Scene, Cherokee at Compton

by Michael R. Allen In November, we acquired a collection of 209 black and white amateur photographs taken in and around St. Louis between 1930 and 1980. Most of the photographs are from the 1950s and a large number feature … Continue reading

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Ribbon Cutting at Gravois & Michigan Friday

From Alderman Craig Schmid: Advanced Environmental Services, an environmental remediation firm specializing in abatement services for asbestos, lead, and mold, as well as fire & water restoration and demolition, is showing off its new headquarters in the Benton Park West … Continue reading

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Last Chance for 3244 Iowa Street

by Michael R. Allen This week I received an e-mail about 3244 Iowa Avenue (pictured above) from JoAnn Vatcha, Housing Analyst for the Community Development Administration. The email stated that the city was issuing a “last chance” call to respond … Continue reading

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