Thursday, April 30, 2009

Starting the Business Directory

OK, so here's a start on a Business Directory for Gravois Avenue in Saint Louis.

  • 1264 Gravois: Lucas Club. This is a recent off-shoot of the Lucas School House concert venue and banquet hall across the street at 1220 Allen Avenue in Soulard.

  • 1301 Gravois: SuttonWood Antiques. Located in a former Pentecostal church. This is the only remaining building on the north side of the 1300 block, in a wedge between Gravois and the I-55/I-44 ramp complex.

  • 1314 Gravois: Midwest Petroleum. This gas station, strategically located at the I-55 off-ramp for Gravois / Russell Boulevard, was formerly branded as a Citgo, but has for the past few years just been labeled as Midwest Petroleum.

  • This little stretch of Gravois in the Soulard neighborhood is not always recognized as part of Gravois, since it seems more like just an ramp into downtown from I-55 connecting directly to South Tucker Boulevard. But these few businesses, plus a few vacant buildings and backyard buildings, do have Gravois addresses.

    Wednesday, April 29, 2009

    Gravois Highlights

    Some of my favorite buildings along Gravois Avenue include:

  • St. Michael The Archangel Orthodox Church, 1901 Ann Avenue at Gravois in McKinley Heights.

  • St. Francis de Sales Oratory (Roman Catholic), 2653 Ohio Avenue at Gravois in Fox Park.

  • Kutis Funeral Home, 2906 Gravois at Nebraska in Benton Park West.

  • South Side Tower, 3606 Gravois at South Grand in Tower Grove South.

  • Bevo Mill, 4749 Gravois at Morganford/Delor in Bevo Mill.

  • John L. Ziegenhein Funeral Home, 7027 Gravois at Robert in Princeton Heights.

  • Yes, I'm stretching the definition of the Gravois corridor to include selected buildings within half a block of the street.

    I hope to get suggestions in the future for specific businesses, business districts, etc. to highlight along the Gravois corridor.

    Tuesday, April 28, 2009

    Welcome to Gravois!

    This is a nascent, totally un-funded effort to promote the Gravois Avenue commercial corridor in Saint Louis, Missouri.

    On this web site, I plan to include:

  • Listings of the various commercial districts and business associations along the Gravois Avenue corridor. If there is sufficient interest I might expand into Saint Louis County, but the focus initially is on promoting Gravois Avenue in the City of Saint Louis.

  • Business directories for each major section of Gravois.

  • Photos of prominent buildings along Gravois.

  • Historical profiles of the various neighborhoods and business districts along Gravois.

  • For now, check out all the photos of Gravois Avenue addresses on Emporis.

    Also, the following neighborhoods adjoin or encompass Gravois Avenue in Saint Louis, from 12th Street to the city limits just west of Hamburg Avenue (7400 block of Gravois).

  • Soulard

  • McKinley Heights

  • Benton Park

  • Fox Park

  • Benton Park West

  • Tower Grove East

  • Gravois Park

  • Tower Grove South

  • Dutchtown

  • Bevo Mill

  • Princeton Heights

  • Boulevard Heights

  • Saint Louis Hills