The Gate District is a neighborhood within the central eastern portion of the City of St. Louis and currently holds, as of the 2010 census, 3,456 residents. Bordered by the neighborhoods of Botanical Heights, Compton Heights, Midtown and Lafayette Square, Gate District covers roughly 0.65 total square miles of land. It is represented by two Aldermen sitting in the sixth and 19th Wards respectively.
Originally known by the names of both “Lafayette Town” and “New Town in Town”, the area encompassing Gate District has currently gone through quite a revival and restructuring since the late-1970s after a rough prior decade. The area began development when similar nearby neighborhoods like Botanical Heights and Lafayette Square were coming into their own.
One of the amenities of the current-Gate District region that has been a staple for over 80 years included the neighborhood’s only florist market, St. Louis Floral Market – which is often known by locals as “The Market” or “Florist Row.” Providing residents with a hodgepodge of flower selection, its home to the local Walter Knoll Florist company whose main office can be found on LaSalle Street.
Residents of The Gate District are represented by the St. Louis Public School District
Several parks can be found within Gate District’s boundaries including Buder Playground, Terry Park and Eads Square. Named after a prominent German-born St. Louis native Susan Buder, Buder Playground was placed into ordinance in 1912, covers nearly 2.31 acres of land and houses a swimming pool, playground (obviously!) and community center.
Terry Park, a four-acre park placed into ordinance in 1945, was designated in commitment to work of Dr. Robert James Terry for his national and local contributions to medical literature. The most recent park within Gate District, Eads Square, was placed into ordinance in 1979 and contains playgrounds, walking paths and multi-purpose athletic fields.
The Barr Library Branch of the St. Louis Public Library, which has history dating back to the early 1900s, is located in the lower western portion of the neighborhood.
In conjunction with several St. Louis University athletics sports ground, the STL Medical Center Stadium is the only one of its kind within the Gate District neighborhood and contains a full soccer field / track field.