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North of Grand Avenue, N. Broadway has a lengthy run of surviving houses, flats and tenements. Most have been converted to commercial uses; a few have undergone truly bizarre alterations.

Adorned with a severely 1960s faux-mansard skirt of asphalt shingles, this former home stands at Broadway and Gano and is now home to Roberts Inc. heating and AC.

A small stand of surviving houses begins at Broadway and Prairie Avenue. All have been converted to business uses or abandoned.

Just as their neighbors to the south were once part of Old North, so too were these houses once a contiguous part of the Hyde Park and O'Fallon neighborhoods west of the highway.

A block east, on Bulwer Avenue, stands this solitary survivor. Fenced off along with its lot, it serves a car storage or salvage yard.


February 2010 - Photographs courtesy of Chris Naffiziger

Another "off Broadway" house survives nearby, on Talcott Avenue at McKissock. Adjacent to a set of railroad tracks, it's the only surviving house on the block.


February 2010 - Photograph courtesy of Chris Naffiziger

Another bizarre mansard tack-on, also on Talcott Avenue. Behind the mansard and the new brick facade, the parapets and brick style of a much older building are evident.

Around the corner, on Bulwer at Withers: top, a house almost buried in vegetation.

And bottom, a row of three houses across the street, recently covered over and converted to a Buddhist house of worship!

One of the strangest survivors on North Broadway is the Saveway Food Co. building, an ordinary house which has had a full-sized supermarket tacked on to it.

One additional structure survives on the same block, between DeSoto and Talcott, though it has lost its windows and its entire ground floor storefront.

North of Talcott Avenue on Broadway, another pair of survivors. The larger of the two at 5222 N. Broadway features remarkably intact cast iron storefront details. A ghost ad painsted on its sidewall remains legible: "M. Leichtweiss Stoves & Tinware - House Furnishing Goods".

They bear a curious relationship to one another; the larger building is built to follow the odd angle of the street, while the smaller house more insistently keeps to 90 degree angles, resulting in a small wedge of yard in front.

This Permastone-covered set of row houses at 5242 N. Broadway stands on the same block of North Broadway as the previous pair, at the corner of E. Withers Avenue. They have been "modernized" with new cladding and glass block to provide some privacy against the busy highway.

At the same intersection, this tidy red brick building at 5300 N. Broadway houses a bar. Further up the street, another old house has lost its ground floor to a garage door.

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