Dutchtown is a neighborhood located in south St. Louis City with a population, at the time of the 2010 census, of 15,770 residents. Covering no more than 1.52 total square miles, the neighborhood is bounded by the neighborhoods of Bevo, Gravois Park, Holly Hills, Marine Villa, Mount Pleasant and Tower Grove South. Dutchtown is represented by four Aldermen sitting in the 13th, 15th, 20th, and 25th Wards.
Dutchtown’s name actually comes from a mispronunciation of the word “Deutsch” which serves as the main language by the flux of German immigrants who settled into the area in the earliest 20th century. Although very rural in nature throughout the 1800s, by 1900 the neighborhood took on a much more urban and “small city “atmosphere. Before the Prohibition period of 1920 to 1933, the Dutchtown region would be the spot for several Anheuser-Busch marketing campaigns such as the building of two themed restaurants named Gretchen’s Inn and the Stork Inn. These restaurants were meant to showcase the “respectable” nature of alcohol consumption and not the “saloon” style of debauchery it was originally associated with. Both buildings are still open to this day!
The neighborhood continued to grow into the mid-20th century and with the foundation of the German Cultural Society, it helped with assisting German citizens pursuing sanctuary during World War II. The Society remains one of the largest of its kind in the St. Louis area and is a significant diplomat to the area’s saga and culture.
Residents of Dutchtown are served by the St. Louis Public School District.