From the scant website:
The Wydown Skinker neighborhood is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. Large homes, many built in the 1920's, grace tree lined private streets. Large houses on Skinker Boulevard are directly across the street from Forest Park and all of its amenities. Washington University is right next door, as is Clayton, Missouri, one of St. Louis' finest suburbs and the seat of the St. Louis County Government. Skinker also houses several high rise apartment and condominium buildings, and smaller apartment buildings are located on several side streets.Actually, I think all the shops, restaurants and other businesses are in Clayton.
The neighborhood features many shops, restaurants, and other businesses, as well as schools, churches, and medical facilities.
Probably everyone in St. Louis and St. Louis County are familiar with Wydown Skinker as it is the westernmost part of St. Louis that borders the beautiful Forest Park along Skinker.
It is also home to the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center (open to the public):
Although a few Amoco stations still use their former logo, most have since been converted to the BP livery. In St. Louis, Missouri, near the highest point of the city, the largest Amoco sign in the world, both before and after the company's demise, still stands. It stands at the intersection of Clayton Road, Skinker Boulevard, McCausland Avenue, and Interstate 64/U.S. Highway 40. It is visible up to 2 miles away on the interstate. Most surviving BP stations are kept so BP can continue holding the trademarks for Amoco and Standard.Another landmark the Cheshire Inn, recently given new exposure in the Oscar nominated film Up In The Air, is partially in Wydown Skinker. The Cheshire Inn restaurant and bar are in the city, the hotel is in swanky Clayton, MO an inner ring suburb of St. Louis. I believe the movie was actually shot in the restaurant which is in St. Louis, not Clayton.
Cheshire Inn website:
"the mirrored canopy over the king size bed and fringed lamp shades set this suite apart from your typical hotel room"
"canopy of trees"
"feeling of the high seas"
"heart shaped jacuzzi surrounded by red tinted mirrors"
"surrounded by vines and other greenery to put you in the center of a lush rain forest"
Honey, I hope I'm not showing my hand just too much, but I know exactly where we're going for our next anniversary :)
I am not being a smart aleck, I approve on all levels of the kitsch and otherwise.
The neighborhood of Clayton, MO that borders Wydown Skinker is called Ellendale, and as I mentioned above the city/county dividing line is not as clear as other neighborhoods.
In some areas the pavement does tell you when you are in St. Louis or Clayton:
The second person I spoke to gave me a priceless story to tell. She was doing some yard work in her front yard and I stopped on my scooter to ask her take on the city/county dividing line. I motioned with my hands to indicate I was talking about the streets and properties, and I posed my question: "excuse me ma'am, can you tell me the difference between St. Louis and Clayton?", without pause, she looked me in the eyes and said "attitude". Hell yes! I laughed a jolly laugh, and wanted to give her a hug for preaching to the choir! I knew I didn't phrase my question properly, but her immediate, honest and unfiltered response was great. I pointed to the "CITY" sticker on my scooter and said "I'm a city guy, so you just made my day, and I know exactly what you're talking about". You can pretend all you want that we don't have real divides in this town, but racism and regionalism are our 2 biggest problems on both sides of the argument. I mean, even among the privileged, there is still tension/snobbery and disagreement between county and city dwellers.
Then I asked a homeowner on another street and he pointed me to the concrete marker in the grass which he thought was the city/county marker:
So I've done my best to show you only the properties and places within Wydown Skinker and not Clayton, MO. I'll leave documenting the 91 suburban cities of St. Louis County to the next guy, my task is to talk up St. Louis.
And talking up Wydown Skinker is easy. It's got some of the finest apartment buildings in the city. Not just the multi-families, but the high rises as well. The high rise apartment buildings along Skinker may be the most handsome in all the city, at least rivaling the Central West End and Downtown.
Here are some of the low rise apartments:
the Vedanta Society:
The Forsyth School:
Although the photo quality is poor, check out the pitch on this roof toward the right:
Make no mistake, this is an exclusive neighborhood. But, the cool thing about St. Louis is that these large homes built with such pride and craftsmanship are attainable by the hoi polloi. You don't have to be a bazillionaire to own a home like these. There are plenty of homes very similar in style, stature and size in Visitation Park, Academy, West End, etc. that are rehab ready to become showplaces and swanky neighborhoods just like Wydown Skinker.