Soulard


Present Conditions

The population of the area has declined about 40% since 1960 due to clearance of dwelling units. At present there is no dominant ethnic group as most of the descendants of the original German anmd Bohemian settlers have mooved elsewhere. Since World War II the area has experienced a rather strong immigration of rural whites from the South and an influx of blacks into many public housing complexes.

Soulard was first designated a state and national historic district in 1972 and a City Historic District in 19975. Over 750 Soulard residents participated in writing the plan for The Soulard Historic District through area- wide and neighborhood wide meetings sponsored by the Soulard Neighborhood Improvement Association and Youth, Education & Health in Soulard.

These two groups are currently working to preserve an economic mix and prevent the displacement of low and moderate income Soulard resident residents while the area is undergoing restoration and revitalization. The movement to restore and preserve the old homes in this area is the work of the Soulard Restoration Group. Many houses of historic or architectural importance have been made habitable again through their efforts. Soulard was declared a City Historic District on November 6, 1975.

Physically, the principal changes in Soulard have occurres since World War II. These include the Third Street Highway, built in the early 1950Os the public housing projects dating from the same period, with the exception of Clinton-Peabody Terrace which was built in 1942.

The LaSalle-Park Urban Renewal Area has almost taotally cleared a large section near Soulardís northwestern corner. This project, aided by the Ralston-Purina Company, which adjoins it to the north, will consist of apartment and town house dwelling units. The industries in the neighborhood have expanded considerably during the last twenty-five years, a major change being the location of the Aeronautical Chart Plant in the old Army Engineerís building on the Arsenal grounds.