College Hill

Located in the northern region of St. Louis City is the historical neighborhood of College Hill. Bordered by portions of the neighborhoods of North Riverfront and Near North Riverfront at its north and east, Fairgrounds at the south and Greater Ville towards the west, College Hill covers a total of 0.39 square miles. At the time of the 2010 census, the neighborhood’s population was recorded at 1,871 residents. It is represented by three Aldermen sitting in the second, third and 21st Wards.

The region earned the name of College Hill as it served as the initial college farming area for St. Louis University and was used for gardening purposes in 1836 until being subdivided in the early 1870s. Much like its initial origin as a farmland, its settlement was primarily large farm estates owned by famous local residents such as John O’Fallon, Lewis Bissell and Edward Hempstead. Its City of St. Louis inclusion in 1876 helped the region expand its limits.

Today, the residential portion of College Hill neighborhood consists of housing developments constructed between 1880 and 1920. Two and four family flats are the primary complexes within the neighborhood with a mixture of single family brick dwellings.

Residents of College Hill are served by the St. Louis Public School District.

College Hill Official Website


The utmost iconic landmarks for the College Hill Neighborhood are its two historic water towers. The Grand Water Tower, nicknamed Old White, was put into service in 1871 and The Bissell Water Tower, nicknamed New Red, was put into service in 1886. Both towers were hydrant water towers used to balance water pressure in the City of St. Louis. Although no longer operated by the St. Louis City Water Division, they are historically important as only seven like it exist within the country.

The College Hill Neighborhood contains one of St. Louis’s oldest homes in the Bissell Mansion. Built in 1828 by General Lewis Bissel, it has since been renovated as the Bissell Mansion Dinner Theater offering patrons a one of a kind “murder mystery dinner theater experience.”

The area’s park area, named Peace Park, is located towards the southern boundary of the neighborhood.


Community Contacts

Aldermen Lisa Middlebrook – Ward 2 (314) 622-3287
Aldermen Brandon Bosley – Ward 3 (314) 622-3287
Aldermen John Collins-Muhammad – Ward 21 (314) 622-3287
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Barbara Graham – Ward 2 (314) 657-1359
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Jorlon Upchurch – Ward 3 (314) 657-1361
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Sharie Taylor – Ward 21 (314) 657-1390