Gravois Park is a neighborhood located within the central eastern portion of St. Louis City and earned its name from the park located within its limits. The neighborhood covers no more than 0.44 total square miles of land and is bounded by Benton Park West at the north, Dutchtown towards the south, Marine Villa at the east and Tower Grove South to the west. As of the 2010 census, Gravois Park’s total population was recorded at 5,225 residents. It is represented by one Aldermen sitting in the 20th Ward.
Though not much is known in regards to the history of Gravois Park’s development as a neighborhood, the park in which the neighborhood gets its name has a long mainstay within the city of St. Louis. The land that covers the park dates back to 1812 under a grant made by the US Government. Stretching across 8.20 acres of land, the park was was unique within the area during the 19th century.
The park was included as a mainstay stop during a 1914 City Plan Commission walking tour. The tour, which began at City Hall, moved throughout the central eastern region of the city through Lafayette Avenue to Grand Avenue and into Missouri Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park. It was shortly in the early time of the 20th century that a flourish of residential construction began to take place within regions surrounding the park.
Residents of Gravois Park are served by the St. Louis Public School District.
The aforementioned Gravois Park, which is located in the heart of the neighborhood, includes a pavilion, volleyball court, picnic areas and comfort stations. In 1995, the park was dedicated to the memory of Louis Buckowitz, a former Aldermen in south St. Louis.
Portions of the famous Cherokee Street Commercial District run through the northern area of the neighborhood and include notable local stops such as Earthbound Brewing, 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center, Teatopia, Chaparritos and the Blue Pearl.