Monday, May 11, 2009

Natural Bridge Avenue

On the heels of my pleasant trip down Page Blvd last weekend, I decided to check out Natural Bridge Ave, a possible route for the northern extension of Metrolink. Sadly, while there was more life along Natural Bridge, much of the historic fabric from Grand Blvd, where I started, out to Lucas-Hunt Road, has been obliterated for shabby, parking lot fronted strip malls. However, there were a few surprises, like this church across the street from Fairgrounds Park.Much of the housing, when it has survived, is your standard, unremarkable two family flat that can be seen throughout the northwestern portion of the city.The Wade Chapel is a great example of a operating business that looks more happy in suburban sprawl than in the city.
The Natural Bridge gas tank is a great landmark moving towards the county line. It sits unused, but still standing.The terrain becomes hilly, and the buildings begin to look more rural in nature, but with a fair amount of dilapidation and neglect.But there is a great example of Onassis Modernism across from the grand entrance to Pasadena Hills.


  1. There is no such thing as a "standard, unremarkable two family flat." Not in St. Louis.

  2. Maybe "common" would have been the best choice of words?


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