Wedged between Downtown and Grand Center, Midtown Alley is one of St. Louis’ hottest neighborhoods. The residential and commercial district stretches along Olive Street, Locust Street and Washington Avenue for seven blocks between Theresa Avenue and Leffingwell Avenue.
Auto Row Reborn
Midtown Alley is where St. Louis came to buy cars in the early days of the automobile. Between 1911 and 1955, a two-and-a-half block strip of Locust was deemed “Automobile Row,” and housed dozens of car distributors, dealerships, and service stations. In 2005 the area was added to the National Register of Historic places by the U.S. National Park Service.
The architecture of the area reflects the influence of the early autmotive industry. Many of Midtown Alley's buildings are the work of famed architect Preston Brasdsaw, who was known for his work on local hotels and automobile dealerships.