PHOTO FLOOD SAINT LOUIS

A surge of images along the banks of the Big Muddy.


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Mini-Flood 26: The Trestle

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photograph by Michelle Williams

St. Louis has joined only two other cities worldwide (New York City and Paris) in converting an abandoned section of elevated railroad viaduct into an urban greenspace. The project is being overseen by the Great Rivers Greenway District, and will connect The Trestle with the larger “River Ring” when complete. The project is also designed to bridge communities bisected by the highway and other factors.

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photograph by Laura Hudson

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Photo Flood 27: DeBaliviere Place

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photograph by Mandi Gray

A curious neighborhood with examples of some of the largest private homes in the city rubbing elbows with some of the city’s tallest apartment buildings. DeBaliviere Place is an architectural gem for St. Louis, that provides easy accessibility to Forest Park, Washington University, plenty of dining, and good public transportation options. Its western border is even site to a stretch of the controversial, proposed “Loop Trolley”.

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photograph by Jason Gray

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Photo Flood 26: Tower Grove Park

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photograph by Jeni Kulka

Donated to the city in 1868, Tower Grove Park is one of St. Louis’ best-loved green spaces. Second in size only to Forest Park, TGP provides recreation for some of the city’s most active neighborhoods. Originally designed after Victorian examples in England, the park is laid out on an east/west axis, and features iconic structures and landscaping.

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photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

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Mini-Flood 25: World Bird Sanctuary

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photograph by Theresa Harter

The World Bird Sanctuary is one of the most under-appreciated attractions near St. Louis. With a mission that includes preserving both birds and bird habitats, the Sanctuary spans 105 acres, near both Lone Elk Park and Castlewood State Park. Formed in 1977 as the Raptor Rehabilitation and Propagation Project, WBS now serves more than 200 animals with specially designed enclosures, an activity program, and even an animal hospital.

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photograph by Theresa Harter

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Photo Flood 25: St. Louis Hills

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photograph by Amanda Krebel

The St. Louis Hills neighborhood, one of the city’s youngest, is a beautiful residential neighborhood filled with homes and businesses reflecting both the Art Deco age of their origin and the neon-colored vibe of Old Route 66 (which passed through). Of all 79 neighborhoods in the city, this one is among the most intact and consistently occupied. So how does an entire neighborhood remain so desirable for over 80 years? On one side, the answer lays partially in the work that a devoted neighborhood association does to keep streets clean, parks serene and businesses open. On the other side, St. Louis Hills is an answer to the question, “What happened to places like The Ville and JeffVanderLou?” That said, there is very little not to like about this place, while strolling Francis Park on a warm summer afternoon with a Ted Drewes in hand.

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photograph by Jeni Kulka

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Photo Flood 24: Downtown

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photograph by Janet Henrichs

Two years ago, Photo Flood Saint Louis began with an exploration of the central section of Downtown St. Louis (containing the original town settlement along the Mississippi). Last year, we photographed the southern section, an exciting amalgam of old and new construction. In July, having grown from a group of five to 195, we returned to finish the north area of Downtown.

Downtown north is punctuated by tall buildings along the Washington Avenue corridor, evidence of the warehouse district that once fed the city’s only river crossing at Ead’s Bridge with its freight. In the 1970’s, a depopulated city was faced with the decision of how to attract business conventions (a position once thought to be a depressed city’s saving grace) and where to locate such a meeting facility. Once again, Downtown north was selected to harbor the commodities, in abstract this time, that would pass through St. Louis’ America’s Center Convention Complex (originally Cervantes Convention Center). The area is also home to Laclede’s Landing, the Edward Jones Dome, and much more.

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photograph by John Nagel

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Mini-Flood 24: Compton Hill Reservoir Park

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photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

The story of water distribution in St. Louis is a marvelous tale of engineering might combined with a fast-rising city’s Victorian sensibilities. The first water delivery operation was a privately held company that went into business amid the first major influx of German and Irish immigrants in the 1830’s. However, by the end of that decade, the city had become sole owner of its waterworks. It had also inherited a major health problem with subsequent outbreaks of Cholera, which were to become the worst per capita of any city in America. Thereby, water treatment was not only needed, it was necessary.

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photograph by Kristi Foster Photography

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