Monday, May 11, 2009

Old North St. Louis House and Community Tour


Saturday I spent a lovely day with my daughter touring Old North St. Louis. ONSL is known for Crown Candy Kitchen, established in 1913. Upon entering, you are transported back to the soda fountain era. My favorites off the menu, grilled turkey bacon sandwich and a vanilla shake--the best you'll ever have.
The neighborhood surrounding Crown Candy Kitchen is making a comeback. Old North St. Louis covers about 80 blocks just north of downtown St. Louis in the shadow of the Arch. This area was settled by waves of immigrants, first German, then Irish and later Italian, Polish and Jewish. The rebirth of Old North is rooted in a vision crafted by the people of the community, a vision that embraces the diversity of the neighborhood's current population and puts out the welcome mat for the new residents who come from across the economic spectrum and from all walks of life.
One of the homes featured on the tour, a 1914 historic warehouse converted to living space and art studio.

Another private residence...note the antique tub set in a bank of bay windows. The antique Glenwood stove and oven is used every day.
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