Category Archives: Flounder House

Flounder House on Cass Avenue

by Michael R. Allen Tucked alongside a commercial building, sometimes obscured by trees and with a partly collapsed roof, the one-story flounder house at 2704 Cass Avenue evades attention.  Yet the small house’s craftsmanship shows in details like the dentillated … Continue reading

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A New Flounder House in Old North

by Michael R. Allen After nearly 120 years since the last documented flounder house was built in the city of St. Louis — and so many have gone undocumented, so who knows when the last was built — the flounder … Continue reading

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Old North, Infill and Historic Reference

by Michael R. Allen Image courtesy of the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group. Last week, residents of the Old North St. Louis neighborhood got a look at a preliminary site plan and renderings for 17 new homes to be … Continue reading

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Snapshots from JeffVanderLou

by Michael R. Allen I have been working on an architectural survey in JeffVanderLou (details to come) and wanted to share some images from the area just west of Parnell and north of Cass avenues. This is a neat urban … Continue reading

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Brick Thieves Return to St. Louis Place

by Michael R. Allen By March 2009, things were not good for the unusual two-and-half-story flounder house located at 2543 Maiden Lane in St. Louis Place. The house was sporting a small hole at the base of its west wall … Continue reading

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Storefront Addition to Flounder House

by Michael R. Allen Just west of the Pruitt-Igoe Nature Reserve at 2719 James Cool Papa Bell Avenue in JeffVanderLou is this fine storefront addition dating to 1912. Now used as a residence, the structure is attached to a two-story … Continue reading

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Benton Park Flounder Needs Repair After Collapse

by Michael R. Allen Earlier this month, the flounder house at 2809 McNair (Rear) in Benton Park endured a collapse of part of one of its side walls as well as part of a its front (east) wall. The damage … Continue reading

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Menard Triplets

by Michael R. Allen The “Menard triplets” are three 19th century flounder houses in Soulard located on the west side of Menard Street just south of Russell. Many flounder roofs simply form a half-gable, running down from one side of … Continue reading

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Small Houses on Vest Avenue

by Michael R. Allen This house stands in Hyde Park on the west side of Vest Avenue just north of Bremen Avenue. Despite some obvious maintenance needs, the house is a treasure. This is one of the small houses that … Continue reading

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Floundering Frame Flounder House

by Michael R. Allen This morning, I attended a meeting where Alderman Freeman Bosley, Sr. (D-3rd) pledged to never support another demolition in Hyde Park again. Historic buildings’ value will surely increase, reasoned the alderman, “even the ones with only … Continue reading

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