From Spalding House to Court House

This Month's Past & Present Pic

Originally Published April 2013
Modern photograph by Jim Davis.

This month Jim Davis brings us 504 West 2nd Street, where William Spalding and his wife Electra built a grand Queen Anne home in 1888. The house stood there for just twenty years before it was dismantled in 1908 to make room for the new St. Louis County Courthouse.  The exact placement of the house is difficult to pinpoint today, as the courthouse’s placement forced 2nd Street to curve around it. Most of the Spalding House was moved to 2391 Woodland Avenue, later home to  a rest home called The Birches.

This Month's Past & Present Pic

2 Responses to From Spalding House to Court House

  1. I was pleasantly surprised to find this article on my Facebook page. My grandparents, George and Eva McKenzie, owned The Birches on Woodland Avenue in Hunter’s Park from the early 1960’s to the early 1970’s. My parents and I lived in the “little house” during that time, which we believed to be Hunter’s original home. Imagine my horror when I learned the little house had recently been torn down. My grandparents worked closely with UMD’s housing department, and did provide student housing for many young women over those years. The grounds were beautiful in those days, manicured and mowed. It was a wonderful place to grow up, and I have the fondest memories of those halcyon days.

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