Wydown Skinker is a neighborhood in the central west portion of St. Louis City that ranks as the city’s smallest neighborhood in total area. Covering no more than 0.13 total square miles, the neighborhood has a considerably dense population of, at the time of the 2010 census, nearly 1,054 residents. It is bounded by portions of Skinker Debaliviere and University City at the north, Hi-Pointe and Richmond Heights at the south, Clayton at the west and all of Forest Park by the east. It is represented by one Alderman sitting in the 28th Ward.
Unfortunately, not much is known about the neighborhood’s origin and overall development, but many of the neighborhood’s large homes were built in the early 1920s and contain tree-lined private streets. Wydown Skinker’s side streets contain many of the neighborhood’s high-rise and smaller apartment structures as well as several condominiums.
Residents of Wydown Skinker are served by the St. Louis Public School District.
Making up the entire eastern boundaries of Wydown Skinker is St. Louis City’s Forest Park. Covering nearly 1,370 acres of land, Forest Park offers the St. Louis Zoo, the Muny, St. Louis Art Museum and more. Located within Wydown Skinker’s boundaries next to Forest Park is the entrance to the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course. This public course offers three nine-hole golf courses that can be combined to play 18 holes. The course’s visitor center offers a driving range, youth learning center, shops, lockers and more!
Two local landmarks placed on the National Register of Historic Places lie within the Wydown Skinker neighborhood in the Wiltshire Apartment Building and the Versailles Apartment Building. Much like the rest of the neighborhood’s constructions, these two were developed in the 1920s. Locally renowned designers Preston Bradshaw and William Mills proposed and conceived the layout and framework of both buildings.
The Missouri Historical Society’s Museum Research Library is located within the neighborhood and retains and preserves the Missouri Historical Society’s widespread collections. Built in the early 1920s, it originally served as the United Hebrew Congregational Temple until 1927.
The Charing Cross Branch of the St. Louis Public Library is located on North Skinker Boulevard and is open from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday with Saturday hours of 9 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.