Midtown

Only three neighborhoods are located within the Downtown region of St. Louis City and the largest of those three is the Midtown neighborhood covering nearly 1.35 total square miles of land. Bordered by Grand Center at the north, Botanical Heights and the Gate towards the south, Downtown West at the east and Central West End at the area’s western region, Midtown’s population, at the time of the 2010 census, was recorded at 5,652 residents. It is represented by four Aldermen sitting in the sixth, 17th, 18th and 19th Wards respectively.

Most of Midtown’s neighborhood is made up of non-residential areas and encompass several commercial buildings and major historical landmarks. In fact, Midtown has earned the nickname of the “Geographical Center” within the City of St. Louis. In 1979, Midtown’s Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area of Midtown has unique American history within its area as containing the only American Civil War battle to take place in St. Louis occurred in 1861.

After the fall of the American Civil War four years later in 1865, smaller residential pockets and a bustling commercial development occurred within current-day Midtown’s region as St. Louis expanded western territories during the 1870s. In the 1920s, many compared the lively district of Midtown to Time Square in New York City!

Several of Midtown’s most eclectic buildings were constructed during the mid-1870s to the later portion of the 1930s and were designed by popular midwestern architects such as Brad Cloepfil, Henry Hobson Richardson, William Ittner and the Eames & Young firm.

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

Midtown Official Website

Traditions

Two major universities encompass extensive portions of Midtown in both Saint Louis University (SLU) and Harris-Stowe State University. SLU, a four-year and private Catholic school, was founded in 1818 by the Most Reverend Louis Guillaume Valentin Dubourg and is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. Covering nearly 286 acres, SLU is known for its fields of law and medical study, competitive athletic teams and unique mascot in the Billiken, a smiling, gnome-ish figure considered to be a good-luck charm. Harris-Stowe is located three minutes away from SLU and is a historically black, public university and a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

An attraction for both St. Louis University Billikens men’s and women’s basketball games and other major events is the local Chaifetz Arena. Opened to the public in the spring of 2008, this 10,600-capacity arena has hosted popular national touring musicians, professional wrestling events, presidential political rallies and much more.

Midtown is home to a range of unique local restaurants including Small Batch, the Fountain on Locust, Southern, Pappy’s Smokehouse, and Mound City Sandwich Shop.

Location

Community Contacts

Aldermen Christine Ingrassia – Ward 6 (314) 622-3287
Aldermen Joseph Roddy – Ward 17 (314) 622-3287
Aldermen Terry Kennedy – Ward 18 (314) 622-3287
Aldermen Marlene Davis – Ward 19 (314) 622-3287
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Dena Hibbard – Ward 6 (314) 657-1359
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Ron Coleman – Ward 17 (314) 657-1361
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Shavette Wayne-Jones - Ward 18 (314) 657-1378