Tower Grove East Neighborhood Overview
Information concerning the neighborhood history, characteristics, institutions and organizations, planning and development.
The Tower Grove East neighborhood is bounded by Shenandoah Ave. on the north, Nebraska Ave. on the east, Gravois Ave. (MO Route 30) on the south, and South Grand Blvd. on the west.
The neighborhood's history is one that began as pastures for German dairy farmers in the mid 19th century. As the German immigrants had more and more successful people in their ranks the wealthiest began to build mansions on Flora Place and the exclusive Compton Heights Neighborhood. Their relatives later settled the pastures of what is now known as Tower Grove East and built beautiful homes and flats of their own. They used similar architectural detail to what is found in the wealthier Compton Heights and Flora Place. Most buildings are 2.5 stories with austere facades and most detail focused around the entrance. The interiors are decked out with stained glass, pocket doors, and intricate stair cases.
Like many neighborhoods east of Grand, this one fell on hard times follow World War II and saw a great deal of abandonment and urban decay for decades. The late 1980′s and early 1990′s were low points until the neighborhood again began to show signs of life. Urban minded individual who appreciated the architecture and location next to urban treasures such as Tower Grove Park and the Missouri Botanical Garden began rehabbing and taking up residence in the neighborhood. The mid 2000′s saw a meteoric rise in value and interest in Tower Grove East as a neighborhood. Now the neighborhood has one of the densest and most healthy populations in the city. Continually burgeoned by the great location, beautiful buildings, and vibrant community Tower Grove East is attracting new residents at a terrific pace.
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