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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The Lindenwood Park Neighborhood
Lindenwood Park is a southwest neighborhood of St. Louis south of Arsenal, north of Chippewa, east of I-44 and the city limits and west of Hampton:
Lindenwood Park lost 3% of it's residents from 1990-2000 where 10,207 were counted. 95% white, 2% black, 2% Hispanic/Latino, 1% Asian. 96% of its 5,032 housing units are occupied, 71% owned, 29% rented. The 2010 Census data showed a 7% loss in residents down to 9,486 people 91% of whom are white, 4% black, 3% Hispanic/Latino and 1% Asian.
This is another one of St. Louis' clean and tidy neighborhoods. Manicured yards, uniform tree lined streets and a strong sense of neighborhood pride help showcase Lindenwood Park. The extremely high occupancy rate proves it's a popular and desirable place. The current residents are acting as great stewards of the homes along narrow, hilly city streets mostly built in the 1930's. The streets on the west side of the neighborhood are wider than usual, with some of the largest front yards in the city. Homes built in the 1940's and 1950's set back rather far from the street sit on the west side near I-44 and Wabash.
This is a largely single-family home neighborhood, but there are some handsome apartments and multi-families mixed in.
Lindenwood Court at Tamm has many, many of the exact same or minor variations of the following apts:
My favorite apts are the Crystal Towers on the north side of Chippewa just west of Hampton:
But it's the scads of tidy, well maintained, modestly scaled homes that really set Lindenwood Park up as one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city. If you are a fan of the St. Louis style gingerbread homes, you'll love it here.
But there's enough variation in brick styles to keep the neighborhood interesting.
And the following is one of my favorite homes in the entire city:
There are also quite a few sided homes sprinkled in on the west side of the neighborhood near the city limits and the Ellendale neighborhood.
There are many beautiful churches that blend in well with the homes:
There are many things to like in Lindenwood Park. You are adjacent to many, many modern conveniences, shopping and services. There are businesses and restaurants all over both national chain and local independent. The intersection of Chippewa and Hampton is one of the busiest in the city with Target, Hampton Village, banks, Walgreens, etc all at your convenient disposal. The park and ride Shrewsbury Metrolink stop on the blue line is a stones throw. It's more affordable than St. Louis Hills, but shares a lot of the charm and has a mix of suburban and urban amenities. In fact, Lindenwood Park has much of the same draws as some of the inner ring suburbs of Maplewood, Richmond Heights, Shrewsbury, Webster Groves, etc.
Chippewa and Watson Road are two of the commercial corridors of Lindenwood Park showcasing some Route 66 era sites, awesome metal and neon signs and some of the finest housing stock in the region.
Lindenwood Park is home to one of the finest examples of brutalism architecture in the entire city with the Machacek Library...or as we call it, the book bunker. I blogged on this library back in 2016:
Ivanhoe between Flyer and Arsenal is a 3rd commercial corridor with plenty of bars, shops and restaurants to warrant a visit.
Businesses line Hampton Avenue as well, here's one I recommend:
Lindenwood Park, for which the neighborhood takes its name is a bustling park usually teeming with kids on playgrounds, soccer fields, adults and families jogging and walking the outer perimeter, etc. With no automobile access to the interior of the park, it's quite peaceful and safe.
There are plenty of mid-century modern gems in Lindenwood Park to keep you gawking.
One of my favorite improvements to the neighborhood in the last 10 years is the renovation of the Lindenwood School at Lindenwood and McCausland into affordable lofts. There are some great photos here.
And the site for 16 townhouses behind the property are tastefully done for those wanting new construction in a city neighborhood at a very reasonable price. Photos here.
There's no shortage of cool signs:
Speaking of auto repair shops, Lindenwood Park has some real old school classics:
Lindenwood Park adds to St. Louis' resume as the greatest brick city in America: