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Name:  Shaw Place (10 houses)
Architectural Firm/Architect:   George Ingham-Barnett
Designation: City Landmark
A St. Louis street with an unusual history is Shaw Place, located between Shaw Avenue and Interstate Highway 44 behind the Missouri Pacific Hospital. It was built by Henry Shaw, the St. Louis philanthropist who developed the Missouri Botanical Garden. His purpose in building Shaw Place was to duplicate a street he remembered from his native England.

In pattern, it consists of an oval drive enclosing a central parkway which surrounds a statue of a girl with a swan. Around the perimeter of the drive are 10 red brick houses with large windows and Victorian decoration. A unique feature of these homes is that each has a bricked-up window, symbolic of a supposed English custom of closing off windows to reduce taxes based on the total number in each house.

Interiors of these houses have dark woodwork, sliding doors and many fireplaces. Many of the latter have been superseded by central heating.

Originally intended as rental property for support of Shaw┬┤s Garden, Shaw later willed the houses to his sister, his housekeeper and a relative. Some were sold to various individuals.

Shaw, Henry



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