Central West End

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The Central West End is an affluent neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri, stretching from Midtown's western edge to Union Boulevard and bordering on Forest Park with its outstanding array of free cultural institutions. It includes the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (the New Cathedral) on Lindell Boulevard at Newstead Avenue, which houses the largest collection of mosaics in the world. The Central West End is represented by three aldermen as it sits partially in the 17th, 18th, and 28th Wards.

The CWE's commercial district is mainly along Euclid Avenue and stretches from Forest Park Parkway on the south to Delmar Boulevard on the north. Restaurants are primarily clustered in the Euclid/McPherson area, the Euclid/Laclede area and in Maryland Plaza. Unusual, elaborate turn of the 19th to 20th century lamp posts and cobblestone streets add to the atmosphere of this neighborhood, which first grew in popularity with the coming of the 1904 World's Fair which was held in adjacent Forest Park. Some residential areas of the Central West End are included in the National Register of Historic Places. One example is Fullerton's Westminster Place, whose large, architect-designed homes, most of which were built in the period 1890–1910, were described in the NRHP nomination as one of the finest turn of the 19th to 20th century streetscapes in the United States. Another is the private place calledWashington Terrace, laid out in 1892.

St. Louis Cardinals former manager Tony LaRussa lived in the neighborhood during the baseball season. Playwright Tennessee Williams grew up in the neighborhood, and the house of the renowned poet T. S. Eliot is located in the Central West End. Beat writer William S. Burroughs's childhood home sits on Pershing Avenue (formerly Berlin Avenue) in the neighborhood. The Central West End was also the location of Sally Benson's home, the setting of the stories which were adapted into the movie Meet Me in St. Louis.



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  • Bissingers Chocolate

    In a small kitchen in St. Louis, there is a place where tradition and quality are still the most important ingredients in the making of the world’s finest chocolate confections. This special place is Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier
  • Chase Park Plaza

    In addition to premier amenities, The Chase Park Plaza offers you a premier location surrounded by the very best St. Louis has to offer. On your doorstep is the Central West End, one of the city’s most popular dining and entertainment areas
  • Forest Park

    From its inception, scarcely more than a decade after the end of the Civil War, Forest Park has been a glorious place — beautiful and serene, full of excitement and discovery. Forest Park is an urban oasis filled with people, destinations, and recreation
  • Pi Pizza Restaurant

    award-winning deep and thin crust pizza in st. louis, mo serving lunch and dinner every day
  • The Scottish Arms

    Located in the heart of St Louis' Central West End, The Scottish Arms is a rustic traditional victorian style pub and a comfortable setting for lunch, dinner and late night entertainment. The product driven menu changes seasonally focusing on the purity
  • The Muny

    The dream of St. Louisans for a permanent outdoor theatre in Forest Park probably dates back to the 1904 World's Fair. The realization of that dream began in 1916 with plans for an outdoor production of AS YOU LIKE IT by Margaret Anglin's troupe
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