Southampton

Southampton, or “SoHA” as it is often referred to by locals, is a south St. Louis City neighborhood bordered by fellow St. Louis City neighborhoods of Northhampton, Bevo, Princeton Heights, St. Louis Hills and Lindenwood Park. As of the 2010 census, Southampton’s population was recorded at 6,904 residents and the neighborhood covers a total of nearly 0.8 square miles.

The neighborhood contains some of St. Louis City’s most notable streets named after noteworthy historical and local figures – examples include Murdoch Avenue (named after local farmer John Murdock), Bancroft Avenue (in honor of historian George Bancroft) and Walsh Street (named in tribute to John B. Walsh, the first mayor of the city of Carondolet). Southampton is represented by three Aldermen sitting in the 14th, 16th and 23rd Wards.

Southampton’s origins begin in the early 20th century as an area predominately populated by a growing number of German immigrants and descendants. The first set of housing structures built within the region occurred in 1905, but major plans for residential neighborhoods developed in the late 1920s and early 1930s with a brick and stone style of housing known as “arts and crafts homes.” Building these homes was extensive and took nearly one year to fully complete. Throughout the 1930s, more homes would be added and the neighborhood would come into fruition under the name of “Southampton”, which served as a tribute to several English native developers’ hometown.

Southampton’s almost centralized location with the southern region of St. Louis City has close proximity to both St. Louis City and County attractions like St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Arch and Muny Theater (to Northampton’s north) as well as Grant’s Farm (to Northampton’s south). The  Southhampton Neighborhood Association, founded in 1922, remains active building the Southwest City Dog Park in the nearby park of Wilmore Park.

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

Southampton Official Website

Traditions

The Hampton Village Shopping Center, located the northern portion of the neighborhood, is an south St. Louis City business center that includes retail stores, restaurants and medical offices. Known for its colonial architectural design, the Center includes Schnucks, Club Fitness, Noodles and Company and one of the area’s first Raising Cane’s restaurants.

The SOHA Studio & Gallery is a local fine art gallery housing work made by a wide spectrum of St. Louis artists.

Location

Community Contacts

Aldermen Carol Howard – Ward 14 (314) 622-3287
Aldermen Tom Oldenburg – Ward 16 (314) 896-0204
Aldermen Joseph Vaccaro – Ward 23 (314) 622-3287
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Christy Boyd – Ward 14 and 23 (314) 657-1377
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Christian Saller – Ward 16 (314) 657-1375