Lindenwood Park, St. Louis
|St. Louis Neighborhood|
|Wards||16, 23, 24|
|• Total||1.5 sq mi (4 km2)|
|• Density||6,300/sq mi (2,400/km2)|
|ZIP code(s)||Parts of 63109, 63139|
Lindenwood Park is a neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri. The Lindenwood Neighborhood is defined by Arsenal Street and I-44 to the north, Watson and Chippewa Street to the south, Hampton Avenue on the east and the city limits to the west. Lindenwood is conveniently located to downtown, Clayton, Forest Park and its attractions, The Hill with its Italian restaurants, and the Ted Drewes Frozen Custard stand on Chippewa, in St. Louis Hills.
Lindenwood Park, like most South St. Louis neighborhoods, is well-maintained, composed of well-constructed brick housing stock that exemplifies the quality craftsmanship for which St. Louis is renowned. The neighborhood is primarily composed of architecturally interesting brick and stone housing built from the 1930s to the 1950s. Some new construction is evident but is limited because there is a lack of open, undeveloped land suitable for new new housing construction.
The neighborhood housing inventory is primarily single family with some interspersed multi-family. The stability of the neighborhood is a reflection of the solid construction, attractive housing stock and Lindenwood neighbors who take pride in their property, are committed to its upkeep and are dedicated to keeping the neighborhood strong.
A July 2002, review of the Lindenwood Park Neighborhood housing stock shows the following characteristics:
- Average housing age 53 years.
- 83% of housing stock is single-family detached, 5% is 2-unit building, 10% is 3-9 unit building, 2% other.
- 83% is owner occupied.
- Median housing value is $90,532.
- 17% of the housing stock is renter occupied..
- Median monthly rent is $438.
During the last year (6/01 to 5/02), the median home sales price is $175,000, average price is $137,000. Median sales prices are up substantially from the survey year before. Lindenwood continues to be an attractive, high-demand area in which to live, as shown by its robust housing market.
Commercial establishments are located primarily along Hampton and Watson. Lindenwood has its share of fine restaurants. Most are Italian, which represent a spillover influence from the famous St. Louis Italian Hill neighborhood, closely located just to the northeast of Lindenwood. Trattoria Marcella, a restaurant at Watson and Pernod, was voted the second-best overall St. Louis restaurant in the 2000 Riverfront Times restaurant poll. It has an established regional reputation and following. The world-famous Ted Drewes Frozen Custard stand is claimed by another St. Louis neighborhood, St. Louis Hills, but is located on the opposite side of Chippewa, one of the borders.
The area originally consisted of parts of a vast Spanish land grant granted by Charles Gratiot in 1798. During the first half of the nineteenth century, this broad area was subdivided into various large tracts. Development began in earnest during the first half of the twentieth century.
During the 1920s and 1930s, rapid development occurred in the area. Between Hampton and Watson, north of Pernod to Marquette, Southwest Park was opened in 1924, Watson Terrace was platted in 1924, followed by Rohndale on Bancroft Avenue in 1926, and Ivanhoe Park in 1927. East of Watson, between Pernod and Chippewa, Somerset Park was platted in 1926, as was the Watson-Chippewa Subdivision in 1928, Wenzlick Park in 1929, and Milton Terrace in 1937. Most major new housing development was completed by 1950, with spot in-fill development occurring after that time. The most recent major development was the subdivision of Lindenwood Heights in 1963.
The names of the Lindenwood streets memorialize prominent citizens and landowners at the time of development. Among the landholders commemorated by street names are James McCausland, James V. Prather, Joseph Weil, Adele Tholozan, Wesley Watson, and James Fyler. Subdivider's names include Bradley, Smiley and Scanlan.
Two nationally prominent Americans of the 1880s who are commemorated are General Winfield Scott Hancock, a Union general in the American Civil War and presidential nominee in 1880, and Chester A. Arthur, the Republican vice-president who succeeded to the presidency after the assassination of James A. Garfield in 1881. Both Hancock and Arthur died in 1886, shortly before the opening of the Harlem Place subdivision.
In 2010 Lindenwood Park's racial makeup was 91.2% White, 4.3% Black, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 2.2% Two or More Races, and 0.7% Some Other Race. 3.1% of the people were of Hispanic or Latino origin.