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Old 03-13-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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Sorry to bump my own thread, but I have to ask-how would you guys characterize homes like these, just north of the CWE? As in, what kind of homes are they? Town homes? Single-family homes, or multi-family homes? When these were built, were they more upper-class or middle-class?
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:05 PM
 
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I *think* the architectural style of some of them is called American Foursquare, or is some variation of it. Those particular homes are single-family and were once upper-class. Once upon a time the West End was a very respectable area. I think the Meet Me in St. Louis house is around there somewhere.
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:11 PM
 
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I agree that they appear to be variations of American Foursquare for the most part.
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:16 PM
 
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P.S. Meet Me in St. Louis was based on a true story, and in the real story, the address was 5135 Kensington Ave, which is now a vacant lot.

However, the house wasn't nearly as grand as in the film, and the surrounding houses look to be middle class architecture.

Here's an old artist's depiction of the real Meet Me In St. Louis house...

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Old 03-13-2014, 05:36 PM
 
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I remember Judy Garland singing something about Kensington Avenue and thinking, "that's not in the Central West End…" HA!
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:04 PM
 
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I remember Judy Garland singing something about Kensington Avenue and thinking, "that's not in the Central West End…" HA!
The real story was set in the Academy neighborhood. Obviously, Judy Garland's Kensington Avenue was on the studio backlot! Gorgeous street, but definitely NOT St. Louis architecture
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