3,675 housing units existed, a whopping 95% of which were occupied, split nicely 66% owned/34% rented.
2010 Census data showed a slight decrease in population from 7,793 to 6,904. The constituency is growing more diverse with 86% white, 8% black, 3.5% Hispanic/Latino and 1.2% Asian.
The first homes in the Southampton Neighborhood were built around 1905. The brick "arts and crafts" homes were constructed primarily in the 1930's. Original residents say this type of home took about one year to build. Much of the original tract of land part of the Decker Farm, was developed by the Merchantile Trust Company.Here's the history on some of the street names in SoHa:
Mr Sihrett, supervised the building of the Subdivision and named it "Southampton" after a town in his native England. Many other streets in Southampton are also named after towns in England: Nottingham, Hampton, Devonshire, Lansdowne, Murdoch, Sutherland, Brannon and Macklind.
Early Southampton residents carried water to their homes from a spring at Nottingham and Kingshighway until a water main was contructed.
This area was one of several chosen as a possible site for the 1904 World's Fair It was determined to be almost impossible to run adequate transportation facilities to the Southampton area, and Forest Park ended up as the chosen location.
Bancroft: Named for historian George Bancroft.
Brannon: Named for landowners Thomas and Louisa Brannon.
Delor Street: Named after the founder of Carondelet, Clement Delor.
Eichelberger Street: Named in honor of Doctor George F. Eichelberger, a member of Carondelet’s first City Council, Eichelberger Street originally was named Clark Street for Lewis & Clark Expedition explorer William Clark.
Itaska: Named after Lake Itasca in Minnesota.
Kingshighway: Named for the second oldest railroad in Missouri which ran from St. Louis to New Madrid.
Murdoch Ave.: Named after John Murdock, a farmer.
Neosho: Named after the Neosho River in Kansas; An Osage Indian word for clear spring.
Sulphur Street: Once had a sulphur spring on it near the intersection of Sulphur and Manchester Road.
Walsh Street: Named for John B. Walsh, the first mayor of Carondolet.I guess the fact that Wherry used to be a creek explains the strange angle at which the road diagonally criss-crosses the otherwise perfect recti-linear grid. By the way, you have to respect this street grid...it's not closed off! No dead end streets or Schoemehl pots blocking traffic!
Wherry Ave.: Formerly a creek which was paved over; named after Mackey Wherry, a surveyor and engineer.
Winona: Named for the daughter of Carl Wimar, the artist who painted the dome in the Old Courthouse.
There are many quality, convenient services within SoHa. You have the fully occupied Hampton Village shopping mall at the busy corner of Hampton and Chippewa which includes a quality Schnucks, JC Penney's, shoe store, woman's clothing stores, gym, doctor/dentists offices, chain restaurants, chain barber, and Johnnie Brocks.
^This former auto parts store will be the new home to a Remax office. The former photography business moved out of the handsome building direct south of it.
Macklind Business District has a website explaining all the businesses. There are several bars, a coffee shop, several mechanics, sausage shop, running store, eco-store, dentists, CPA offices, etc. Here are some shots of Macklind:
^This is a shot of the Patricia Beckwith outdoor classroom. Kudos to Buder and SLPS for utilizing the school grounds for an extension of the curriculum.
There is a new playground built on this property that is popular with the neighborhood kids. Southampton doesn't really have a park within it's boundaries, so this playground fills a nice gap for the residents.
There are a several churches in the neighborhood:
So here are the homes that make up the majority of Southampton's area. The 1930's were good to this part of the city, there are art deco touches sprinkled amongst the gingerbread houses, Dutch colonials, arts and crafts bungalows and multi-families. And the people that live here today are good stewards of the fine homes and buildings. Congrats to Southampton for keeping one of the most tidy neighborhoods in the city. It takes a lot of time, care and money to maintain these old homes, and Southampton residents are clearly doing their part to keep this a beautiful place for the next generation.
Now for my ridiculous sign sighting of the day. For this one, I conjured up a back story:
Herman was spying down from his second story perch above the alley. Here came those rotten little bastards again, probably with balls in tow. Can't they have fun somewhere else? Where are their parents? First with the tennis balls against the wall, then came soccer balls, then yes the dreaded and most destructive of all balls: the baseball. It was getting worse of late, the ball play was becoming more varied and active and at times out of control...frankly, it was just too much. He'd put up with these little rapscallions for too long. Then the final straw. It was a cold winter morning when he pulled back the kitchen drape only to see them coming his way down the alley in numbers not previously seen....is that, are those, do they have hockey sticks? Aw, hell no...not on Herman's watch. He set down the coffee mug and knew what he had to do. He grabbed his robe and shuffled down the stairs to the work bench in the corner of the basement where the sign was made and duly posted once and for all:
Anyhow, Southampton is a cozy little neighborhood with some real retail, business and entertainment momentum building within it's borders.
If you're interested in reading more, there was a nice piece on SoHa in St. Louis Magazine written by resident Julie Dill in April, 2007.