Dutchtown

Dutchtown is a neighborhood located in south St. Louis City with a population, at the time of the 2010 census, of 15,770 residents. Covering no more than 1.52 total square miles, the neighborhood is bounded by the neighborhoods of Bevo, Gravois Park, Holly Hills, Marine Villa, Mount Pleasant and Tower Grove South. Dutchtown is represented by four Aldermen sitting in the 13th, 15th, 20th, and 25th Wards.

Dutchtown’s name actually comes from a mispronunciation of the word “Deutsch” which serves as the main language by the flux of German immigrants who settled into the area in the earliest 20th century. Although very rural in nature throughout the 1800s, by 1900 the neighborhood took on a much more urban and “small city “atmosphere. Before the Prohibition period of 1920 to 1933, the Dutchtown region would be the spot for several Anheuser-Busch marketing campaigns such as the building of two themed restaurants named Gretchen’s Inn and the Stork Inn. These restaurants were meant to showcase the “respectable” nature of alcohol consumption and not the “saloon” style of debauchery it was originally associated with. Both buildings are still open to this day!

The neighborhood continued to grow into the mid-20th century and with the foundation of the German Cultural Society, it helped with assisting German citizens pursuing sanctuary during World War II. The Society remains one of the largest of its kind in the St. Louis area and is a significant diplomat to the area’s saga and culture.

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

Traditions

Four parks are located within the neighborhood of Dutchtown’s boundaries with the largest being Marquette Park at nearly 17 acres. Placed into ordinance in 1915, the park’s name is a tribute to Pere Marquette, a French missionary who founded Michigan’s first European settlement. The park contains a full swimming pool, softball and soccer fields, plenty of walking trails, tennis courts, playgrounds and the Dunn-Marquette Recreation Center.

Other parks within the neighborhood include Amberg Park, at 2.76 acres, Laclede Park at 3.17 acres, and as well as portions of the 4 and a half acre Minnie Wood Memorial Square. All three of the parks contain a wide variety of amenities including softball fields, playgrounds and trails.

Dutchtown is home to one of two Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, a population local custard establishment, locations. Unlike its sister location in St. Louis Hills, the Dutchtown location is only during the summer months. The stand has been a neighborhood mainstay since 1931.

Location

Community Contacts

Aldermen Beth Murphy – Ward 13 (314) 589-6836
Aldermen Megan E. Green – Ward 15 (314) 622-3287
Aldermen Cara Spencer – Ward 20 (314) 622-3287
Aldermen Shane Cohn – Ward 25 (314) 622-3287
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Dena Hibbard - Ward 6 & 25 (314) 657-1357
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist DeAnna Murphy – Ward 26 (314) 657-1371