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Locust Street has undergone a quiet revival since 2000. One commecial building after the next has been renovated into a series of trendy restaurants, clubs, and retail stores.

2637 Locust Street
Solana Tech

A once-expansive storefront window has been filled in, but the beautiful olive-green glazed brick remains around the edge. This sort of mottled coloration, in shades from green to caramel brown, was favored by St. Louis builders in the years before World War I.

2647 Locust Street

This 5-story building with its heavy detailing retains at least two layers of faded ghost signs on both party walls. Most are illegible due to fading and the double-layering.

Most recently home to Apollo Suntan Supply / MegaSun Inc, it has at least one apartment, and has housed a wide variety of enterprises, including commercial retail and storage in recent decades. A company named Med-Science Electronics was based there in the 1960s. A clothing factory, Schwab Clothing Company, was located here in 1914.

A handful of first-generation buildings remain, from the days when this area was residential in character. These row houses have been converted to business uses.

Phyllis Wheatley YWCA
Originally the St. Louis Women's Christian Association
2709 Locust Street
Architect: LeBeaume & Klein

Originally a shelter for young single working women, this became home to the city's first black YWCA in 1941. Vacated in the late 1980s, it was re-opened as the low-cost YWCA Phillys Wheatley Apartments in 2004.

  • National Register nomination form
  • More Automobile Company
    2801 Locust at Leffingwell
    Architect: Francis C. Cornet

    Originally a warehouse and showroom / sales floor for the Marmon, an early luxury automobile, this handsome building was part of Automobile Row. Like most such buildings along Locust, it features massive concrete frame construction, and had a large freight elevator for moving automobiles between floors.

    More closed in 1928, and other auto companies such as the Mississippi Valley Motor Company occupied the space into the 1940s. A variety of occupants followed, including a chemical company and a realtor. Following a renovation in 2008, it is currently known as the Oakland Building, home to the NEO on Locust event space.

  • National Register nomination form
  • Autocar Sales and Service Building
    2745 Locust Street
    Architect: Preston J. Bradshaw

    Home to a series of short-lived automotive dealerships from the time of its construction until the late 1930s, this was one of the first entries onto Automobile Row. Large ground floor windows enticed passersby with prominent views of the automobiles displayed within. Filled in with concrete block in the 1960s, those same windows were restored in a 2000s renovation.

  • National Register nomination form

  • Pre-renovation photograph courtesy of Kevin Kieffer

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