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RESIDENTS ARE DRAWN TO THE MAIN-STREET USA, SATURDAY EVENING POST CHARM, HISTORIC HOMES AND ROLLING HILLS.
Driving through Webster Groves you honestly expect to see Norman Rockwell painting a scene on the corner! Lovely neighborhoods boast Century Homes, both great and small in a lovely bucolic setting that demands lemonade stands and 4th of July parades. The truly charming main street area is a place where you can park your car and make an afternoon of strolling along the many shops, galleries and restaurants.
Located in the mid-county region of St. Louis County is the city of Webster Groves. It covers a total area across 5.90 square miles and is surrounded by the neighboring cities of Shrewsbury, Maplewood, Crestwood, and Affton. Hwy-44 is a convenient traffic artery that makes a quick commute to downtown St. Louis and many major employers such as Anheuser-Busch and Nestle-Purina.
Late 19th century St. Louis residents were looking to move away from the over crowded, congested city areas, thus the communities of Old Orchard, Selma, Tuxedo Park, Webster, Webster Park all merged in 1896 and were incorporated as Webster Groves.
Residents of Webster Groves with children attending school are served by the Webster Groves School District.
The main campus of Webster University, highly regarded as one of the best art schools in the country, is located in Webster Groves. Founded only 19 years after the city’s incorporation in 1915 by the Sisters of Loretto, it was a Catholic women’s college and wouldn’t include male students until almost five decades later in 1962. Webster has an abundance of campuses throughout the United States and ten international sites in China, England, Switzerland, and more.
Within the heart of Webster University is home to the award-winning Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. This performance theater, referred to by locals as “The Rep”, has history dating back to its foundation in 1966 and their stage has graced some of the most classic performances of all time.
Yet another artistic landmark within the region of Webster University is the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Summer Festival that takes place annually from May to June in the University’s Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts. Founded in 1976, four operas are presented each season with performances accompanied by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
For a historical trip down Webster Groves memory lane, The Hawken House is a fully preserved and maintained farmhouse that was originally built in 1857 and hosts tours of its infrastructure that detail what life was really like in the 1800s.