Located in the central east region of St. Louis City is the Marine Villa neighborhood. Its bordered by Cherokee Street at the north, I-55 at the South, the Mississippi River towards the east and South Broadway and Jefferson Avenue to the west. As of the 2010 census, Marine Villa’s population was recorded at 2,691 residents. The neighborhood is represented by two Aldermen sitting in the ninth and 20th Wards respectively.
The area of present-day Marine Villa was initially a part of a region known as the St. Louis Commons. In 1855, the region began development with many small farms and brickyards. Nearly five years later, the area’s oldest homes began their construction. These small brick houses were generally in a “flounder” house style that was defined by a roof with a single slope as opposed to a double slope.
Thanks to the construction of the Carondelet Avenue roadway, the community began more growing periods as major residential and commercial development helped the city’s population expand. In the late 1860s, the Lemp Brewery, which opened in 1840, moved to the northern edge of the Maine Villa neighborhood and helped establish the region as one of the brewing capitals of the Midwest. It also brought forth a flood of German immigrants looking for work among several of the different breweries. In 1890, the advancement of the streetcar brought more upsurge in terms of population and construction. Several of the buildings structured during this time are still standing.
Residents of Marine Villa are served by the St. Louis Public School District.
The Lemp Brewery was a beer brewing company established in 1840 in St. Louis, Missouri that was acquired by the Griesedieck Beverage Company in 1920, which subsequently became the Falstaff Brewing Corporation. The Lemp was built upon a complex of natural caves once used for the lagering of beer by early German brewers. Since these underground caves are naturally cooler in temperature, this was essential for brewers before the advent of refrigeration. Although defunct since 1920, the Lemp Brewery was one of the most prominent beer brewing companies throughout the entire Midwest.
Off Broadway is an intimate music venue that was once an old, brick garage. Hosting live shows by both local and national artists.
Located along the western borer of Maine Villa is the South Broadway Art Project, a non-profit, visual art studio and organization founded in 2006 that aims to teach both young and old how to enhance life through art. Activities include pottery workshops, clay date nights and wheel throwing classes.
The Historic Cherokee Street Commercial District runs through the northern area of the neighborhood and includes local stops like the Mud House, Irish Corner Pub, Dead Wax Records and Whisk.