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Flora Boulevard Gate

This is the Grand Avenue entrance to Flora Boulevard, a private street located in the historic Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri. Henry Shaw, a philanthropist and founder of the Missouri Botanical Garden, purchase the northern strip of Flora Avenue to provide access to his country home and the developing gardens. Those plans did not come to fruition, and Flora became a private street in 1897. Shaw began dabbling in residential development building Shaw Place, which was a re-creation of a streetscape reminiscent of his childhood in England. The architectural firm of George I. Barnett designed the houses on the street as a model and standard for the homes Shaw wanted to see built around his garden. They also served as rental property, the proceeds benefiting the Garden. Flora Place was the showcase of the area. Its lots sold for $55-65 per front foot. The entrance gates to the 1897 Flora Place were built at a cost of $9,500.


Taken with Nikon D800 with 14-24mm f/28 Nikkor.


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Taken on June 3, 2012