Monday, November 14, 2011
One House, One Hundred Years
I noticed that this storefront on Chouteau is not what it seems at first glance. Surrounded by what are now abandoned industrial sites and fast food restaurants, the area was originally residential.Looking closer, one realizes that there is actually a house buried in the structure, which you can see free standing in the above Sanborn Fire Insurance map from 1909.One of my favorite details is the small slanted roof that leads from the ground floor of the storefront to the first floor of the old house; you can actually still see the brick arch of the door peaking out from above the roof.It was actually very common, as streets became more commercial and dense, that old houses would receive a new life as a store. I wonder if this was a small factory or laundry, as there is a large back building with ample windows. I'm afraid for the future of this building.
A Blog detailing the beauty of St. Louis architecture and the buildup of residue-or character-that accumulates over the course of time.