University City
 

IMG_2694.JPG

RESIDENTS ARE DRAWN TO THE HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE, THE VIBRANT “LOOP” AREA AND ITS CULTURAL, SOCIAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY 

 

Just north and west of the Washington University campus, University City has long been a favorite of professors, students and professionals.

It is one of the oldest city-suburbs in St. Louis with much of its historic architecture remaining in the southern portion of the city. From private streets to both historic and modern apartments there is something for everyone. Some of University City’s most famous residents include playwright Tennessee Williams, former St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock, Back to Future screenwriter Bob Gale, and multi-platinum selling rapper Nelly.

 

P1146770.jpg

Shortly after the turn of the last century, large homes and attractions were constructed as the residents of St. Louis began to look west for cleaner air and larger building lots. Any of the historic streets could be a set for the musical “Meet Me In St. Louis.”A unique concept was employed in the development of the beautiful neighborhoods to restrict the use of bulldozers and respect the natural hilly flow of the land and building sites. 

 

The Delmar streetcar that looped through the southern portion of the Delmar Garden Amusement Park before routing all the way back downtown was a great draw to the city and is the reason that the main street is now know as “The Loop.”

The original streetcars were de-commissioned in 1966, but recently community leaders have raised the money to resurrect this piece of U. City history.

 

http://www.looptrolley.com

 

University City boasts many historic buildings, such as the City Hall, a unique Beaux-Arts octagonal building with a spectacular spiral marble staircase and a domed ceiling.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Hall_(University_City,_Missouri)

 

 

 

Residents of University City with children are served by the School District of University City.

 

University City Official Website

 

University City’s prominent Delmar Loop has the distinction of being hailed as “One of the Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association in 2007. The area got its famous name from the streetcar turnaround or “loop” that was originally located in the area. Famous institutions within the Loop include the Pageant music venue, Tivoli Theater, the Riverfront Times headquarters, and the Moonrise Hotel.

 

The Loop has local restaurants like Seoul Taco Korean Tacos, Gokul Indian Restaurant, and Fitz’s Bottling Company. A pop-culture themed diner includes the notable famous Blueberry Hill filled with different types of memorabilia and decor from decades’ past. A popular stop for many touring bands, be sure to check out the wall of celebrities that have taken their photo with owner Joe Edwards.

 

https://visittheloop.com

 

University City is also home to the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) which hosts a nationally recognized pre-professional program for dance training. Alumni from this fabulous nonprofit have gone on to dance for the Houston Ballet, Alvin Alley as well as national Broadway tours like Tarzan, Cinderella and Wicked.

 

https://www.cocastl.org

 

A historic building still adored by residents’ young and old is the University City Public Library. Constructed in 1939, it's home to over 150,000 volumes and offers a wide array of music, video and spoken recording collections.

IMG_8282.JPG

The Loop has local restaurants like Seoul Taco Korean Tacos, Gokul Indian Restaurant, and Fitz’s Bottling Company. A pop-culture themed diner includes the notable famous Blueberry Hill filled with different types of memorabilia and decor from decades’ past. A popular stop for many touring bands, be sure to check out the wall of celebrities that have taken their photo with owner Joe Edwards.

 

https://visittheloop.com

 

University City is also home to the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) which hosts a nationally recognized pre-professional program for dance training. Alumni from this fabulous nonprofit have gone on to dance for the Houston Ballet, Alvin Alley as well as national Broadway tours like Tarzan, Cinderella and Wicked.

 

https://www.cocastl.org

 

A historic building still adored by residents’ young and old is the University City Public Library. Constructed in 1939, it's home to over 150,000 volumes and offers a wide array of music, video and spoken recording collections.