A neighbor recently visited an open house for this beautiful Art Deco condo in our neighborhood and asked me if I knew anything about it. Not one to leave a curious friend in the dark, I did a bit of casual research.
Classified as Art Deco, it was built between 1930 and 1936. One of the original residents was Van Graafrisled Hildebrand and his wife Cornelia Barnes Blank. Van Hildebrand was a federal claims agent for the Anheuser Busch Brewer’s Association. They must have made the journey west since he died in Los Angeles in 1961.
In 1938, I found a Dr. Raymond Edward Doyle and his wife Margaret residing in the 3634a unit. Dr. Doyle was from Pueblo Colorado and studied medicine at St. Louis University, served in WWI, and came back to St. Louis to practice in the Veteran’s Bureau at Jefferson Barracks in 1930. Dr. Doyle and his family lived at 3634a Arsenal until his death from heart disease in 1958.
In 1940, Oliver Steele lived at 3634 Arsenal, He founded Oliver Manufacturing in 1930 in St. Louis and then moved the company to Rocky Ford, Colorado in 1947. It is still in existence.
Whew – all this in just an hour of research! Sometimes I have to stop myself before I wade in too deeply and lose track of time. So that’s it for now – I hope my neighbor enjoys this peek into the past as much as I have enjoyed my morning!