Built St. Louis > > Central Corridor

St. Louis radiated out in all directions from its starting point on the riverfront, but the most coherent and focust development happened along a spine running due west from downtown.

Starting with Market Street, then changing over to Olive and then Lindell, a loose axis developed over the course of the 1800s. Along this axis would rise many city landmarks - its two most prestigious universities, its entertainment district, its most fashionable neighborhood, and its largest park. A second skyline developed in Midtown. The axis is symbolically capped by Washington University's Brookings Hall, which visually terminates Lindell just beyond city limits.

Historic Downtown

1) Historic Downtown
The Old Post Office and its surroundings form the core of downtown St. Louis.

Washington Avenue

2) Washington Avenue
The north edge of downtown is marked by the lofts and warehouses of the old garment district.

Downtown West

3) Downtown West
Outside the core, massive mid-rise buildings abound. Includes outliers from the Washington Avenue garment district.

Midtown East

4) Midtown East
A thinned-out zone that still holds some surprises, including a wealth of churches and Locust Street Automobile Row.


5) Midtown
St. Louis's theater district, and what remains of the neighborhood that it once was.