Located within the northern region of the City of St. Louis neighborhoods is the community of the Ville. It is bounded by St. Louis Avenue at the north, Martin Luther King Drive towards the south, North Sarah Street at the east and North Taylor Avenue at the west. Famous natives of this region include the legendary musician Chuck Berry, opera singer Grace Bumbry, professional boxer Sonny Liston and professional tennis player Arthur Ashe, Jr. Covering nearly 0.42 total square miles of land, the Ville’s population at the time of the 2010 census was recorded at no more than 1,868 residents. It is represented by one Aldermen sitting in the fourth Ward respectively.
Before becoming recognized under the name of the Ville, the region was originally known as Elleardsville. The name served as a tribute to Charles Elleard, a horticulturist who traveled from California to St. Louis during the 1860s and set up an estate and plant nursery. During the early portion of the 1870s, many Irish and German immigrants began to settle within the area, followed shortly by several African American citizens.
One of the earliest African American institutions was built in 1873 when an educational facility was constructed to accommodate the rising population of students. A truly racially mixed area, Elleardsville was annexed into the City of St. Louis three years later in 1876 under the name of the Ville.
Residents of the Ville are served by the St. Louis Public School District.
Offering a little bit of something for Ville residents of all ages, the Tandy Recreation Center is home for a wide variety of activities including swimming, boxing, basketball, football, aerobics, weight lighting, crafting and so much more. The Center is completely free for all to enjoy.
Operating in the same location for nearly 70 years, the Harlem Tap Room is a staple in the Ville with a signature cocktail that, according to the Riverfront Times, is enough to knock you flat!