West End Neighborhood
The West End Neighborhood is located at the western edge of the City of St Louis. The borders for the neighborhood are Page Blvd to the northeast, a very short one and one half blocks of Union Blvd and then Belt Ave on the east, Delmar Blvd on the south and the City Limit on the west. Surrounding neighborhoods are Hamilton Heights to the north, the Visitation Park and Academy neighborhoods to the east, Debaliviere Place and Skinker Debaliviere neighborhoods to the south. St. Louis County and the cities of Wellston and University City are to the west.
The local school district for the West End Neighborhood is the St. Louis Public School District. There are no district schools within the borders of the neighborhood, but there are several district schools located in the surrounding neighborhoods. Two of them are in the Skinker/DeBaliviere Neighborhood, the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, a Magnet School on Des Peres Avenue with a focus on "Pre-College Curricula" and the Hamilton Elementary School on Westminster Place. The Ford Elementary School is located in the Hamilton Heights Neighborhood on Clara Avenue. A private Catholic elementary and middle school, St. Roch School, is located in the Skinker/DeBaliviere Neighborhood on Waterman Blvd.
The MetroLink Lightrail Transit system has a station in the West End. The Delmar Loop MetroLink Station is located near the intersection of Delmar Blvd and Rosedale Avenue. The Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station is east of it and the Wellston Station is west of it. The Delmar Loop MetroLink Station is on the Red Line that runs from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis County, all the way to Scott Air Force Base near Shiloh Illinois in St. Clair County.
Parks and Recreation
The City of St. Louis has five of it 111 parks located within the West End Neighborhood. Amherst Park, situated at Hodiamont and Julian; Gwen Giles Park, bound by Hodimont, Catalpa and Maple; Parkland Park at Hamilton and Maple; Russell Park at the corner of Cabanne and Goodfellow; and the Ruth Porter Mall, a long tract of parkland beginning at Delmar and DeBaliviere. In total, these five parks provide the neighborhood with over 20 acres of green space and a wide variety of recreation amenities which include playgrounds at all of the parks, basketball and volleyball courts, a multipurpose field, a softball field, horseshoe pits and a picnic pavilion. And of course, Forest Park, the jewel of the St. Louis parks, with its 1370 acres of parkland filled with the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, the Forest Park Golf Course, biking and walking trails, picnic facilities, playgrounds and so much more, is just half a mile away, straight down DeBaliviere! With all these parks, local residents have an abundance of recreation choices.
The West End Neighborhood contains the West Cabanne Place District, a National Register of Historic Places designated district. The street, West Cabanne, was platted as a private street in 1888. It had several "Shingle Style" houses on the street which was a new "American" architectural style in the late 1800's. Theodore C. Link, famous architect of the St. Louis Union Station, built a Shingle Style home on West Cabanne for his family, unfortunately it has since been razed. Other St. Louis architects designed and built personal homes on West Cabanne as well. Another historic building, the De Hodiamont House, designated a St. Louis City Landmark, is located on Maple Place. It is a stone house that was built for Emmanuel de Hodiamont in 1829 with Gothic Revival architectural details.
West End Neighborhood Related Links:
Photo Gallery for West End Neighborhood - click thumbnails
The Pageant Theatre in the Loop
The Moonrise Hotel