University City

University City is a city located within the mid-county region of St. Louis County and is one of the oldest in St. Louis history with many of its historic architecture as a streetcar suburb during the late 19th and 20th century remaining in the southern portion of the city. Covering over 5.90 square miles, University City’s total population as of the 2010 census gathered at 35,371. Some of University City’s most famous residents include playwright Tennessee Williams, former St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock, Back to Future screenwriter Bob Gale, and multi-platinum selling rapper Nelly.

During the late 1800s, the area that is now U. City had humble beginnings as small farming communities and dirt roads. Shortly after the turn of the century, homes and attractions like the Delmar Garden Amusement Park on Delmar Boulevard and the All Saint Church off Olive were constructed and gave way to laying the groundwork on further development for the city. One of the more signature pieces was the Delmar streetcar that looped through the southern portion of the Delmar Garden Amusement Park before routing all the way back downtown.

Shortly thereafter, famous publisher Edward Gardner Lewis purchased 85 acres of surrounding land in 1903 which he had envisioned to be the center piece of his publishing complex for Woman’s Farm Journal and Woman’s Magazine. Most of University City’s historic buildings, such as the City Hall building, were constructed by Lewis with the intention of being facilities for his enterprise.

University City would be officially incorporated three years later in 1906 and Lewis would be appointed the city’s very first mayor. With the city being in such close proximity to Washington University, Lewis determined the name “University City” solidified the notion of the community being a center piece and mixture for learning and culture.

Residents of University City with children are served by the School District of University City.

University City Official Website

Traditions

University City’s prominent Delmar Loop has the distinction of being hailed as “One of the Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association in 2007. The area got its famous name from the streetcar turnaround or “loop” that was originally located in the area. Famous institutions within the Loop include the Pageant music venue, Tivoli Theater, the Riverfront Times headquarters, and the Moonrise Hotel.

The Loop has local restaurants like Seoul Taco Korean Tacos, Gokul Indian Restaurant, and Fitz’s Bottling Company. A pop-culture themed diner includes the notable famous Blueberry Hill filled with different types of memorabilia and decor from decades’ past. A population stop for many touring bands, be sure to check out the wall of celebrities that have taken their photo with owner Joe Edwards.

University City is also home to the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) which hosts a nationally recognized pre-professional program for dance training. Alumni from this fabulous nonprofit have gone on to dance for the Houston Ballet, Alvin Alley as well as national Broadway tours like Tarzan, Cinderella and Wicked.

A historic building still adored by residents’ young and old is the University City Public Library. Constructed in 1939, its home to over 150,000 volumes and offers a wide array of music, video and spoken recording collections.

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Community Contacts

Mayor of University City Shelly Welsch
(314) 505-8606
Current City Council Members Terry Crow
Bwayne Smotherson
Rod Jennings
Michael Glickert
Paulette Carr
Steve McMahon
City Manager Charles Adams
(314) 505-8534
Court Clerk Kathy Matthews
(314) 505-8541
Court Clerk LaRette Reese (314) 505-8531
Director of Public Works and Parks Sinan Alpaslan
(314) 505-8572
City Attorney Kathryn Forster (314) 726-3040
Municipal Judge Paul J. D'Agrosa (314) 725-8019
Community Development Director Andrea Riganti (314) 505-8516
Human Resources Manager Kellie Cannon (314) 505-8532
University City Fire Department (314) 505-8592
University City Police Department: (314) 725-2211