Photo Flood 7: Ellendale

Ellendale 14photograph by Jason Gray

Certainly, St. Louis is a city of contrasts, and Ellendale, on our far western border, is a firm example. It’s 130-year history includes successes in industry (Scullins Steel) and failures in renewal (St. Louis Marketplace); interestingly and somewhat ironically, the latter sits on the exact site of the former. Nonetheless, Ellendale has persisted through the years, and this fact offered for some exciting architectural variety to photograph. Here, shotgun style and flounder houses rub elbows with Victorians, and apartment buildings sit across the street from sprawling industrial complexes. “Encrustation” is visible everywhere, from attached garages converted into living spaces, to brick homes with wood or vinyl-sided expansions. Even so, the area appears very well-maintained, and thoroughly “lived-in”; it is a working class community with an expansive heritage and a lot of heart.

Ellendale 07photograph by Amanda Krebel

Ellendale 03photograph by Karen Potter

Ellendale 17photograph by Steven Ley

Ellendale 18photograph by Mandi Gray

Ellendale 20photograph by Patrick Gioia

Ellendale 08photograph by Jason Gray

Ellendale 01photograph by Amanda Krebel

Ellendale 02 (1)photograph by Jeni Kulka

Ellendale 16photograph by Steven Ley

The area was founded as “Ellendale” by Kate Thomas, who inherited the land from her father, James Sutton, in 1877. Even before this time, the region was a thriving industrial center for coal and steel. With the introduction of streetcars to Ellendale, the neighborhood’s population began to rise steadily. Until it closed in 1981, Scullin Steel Company was the major employer, with a huge foundry and rolling mill in the area. Incidentally, Scullin was one of the suppliers of steel for the Gateway Arch. In 1992, the former Scullin Steel Company complex was demolished for the St. Louis Marketplace. Regional leaders anticipated that the introduction of this large shopping center would revitalize Ellendale, which had been long deteriorating. Unfortunately, that was not to be the case. Still, Ellendale has seen some new businesses opening in recent years, and hope for a complete renaissance prospers.

Ellendale 04photograph by Janet Henrichs

Ellendale 11photograph by Patrick Gioia

Ellendale 06photograph by Amanda Krebel

Ellendale 10photograph by Mandi Gray

Ellendale 02photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

Ellendale 13photograph by Patrick Gioia

Ellendale 05photograph by Jeni Kulka

Ellendale 12photograph by Steven Ley

Ellendale 19

Ellendale 15photograph by Jason Gray

The map:

Our end point was the Piccadilly at Manhattan, which was a cozy place to grab a drink, something to eat (the Grouper sandwich was delicious!), and talk photography with friends.

Ellendale 02 (2)photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

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  1. […] are evident on any given block throughout the neighborhood, much like what we encountered in Ellendale (another neighborhood formed by manufacturing). Possibly though, what is most characteristic today […]

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