Central West End

Home of Tennessee Williams, William Burroughs and T.C. Elliott

The glamorous Central West End is unique in St. Louis for its blocks of elegant mansions standing next to fabulous high rises. Learn about the socialites that the Central West End’s mansions were built for and the architects that built them. See the homes of famous writers Tennessee Williams, T.S. Eliot, William Burroughs and Kate Chopin. At the turn-of-the-century, the community grew to have a reputation as the home of St. Louis’ movers and shakers.  Late Victorian era mansions with their ornamental terra cotta, massive townhouses with timber and stucco trim, and impressive apartments and hotels with Art Deco styling still line the inviting streets of this lively neighborhood. Even local businesses maintain the loveliness of the neighborhood by preserving the exterior of the buildings, creating a lovely mix of the old and new.

Your guide will focus on this extraordinary area’s personality, architecture, and its evolution from the electrification of streetcars to its late 20th century renaissance.

 Tour Length: 2 hrs. Miles: 1.5  Difficulty: Low