Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Postcard Views of Historic Belleville

Follow this link to visit a website offering hundreds of scans of historic postcards and photographs old Belleville.

"Signal Hill", the tiny (unincorporated?) neighborhood on the bluff connecting East St. Louis to Belleville, is a little-known gem from this part of our metro area, with one beautifully-maintained, hillside mansion with that unmistakable, antebellum look. Is it authentic? It sure looks like it.

4 comments:

Michael Allen said...

Great link!

Bellevegas said...

If the hillside mansion you were referring to was 67 Signal Hill Blvd, it has an interesing history...

http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/news/local/13356708.htm

http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/1999/08/09/tidbits.html

Besides all that, Signal Hill is a gorgeous area, and only 15 minutes from downtown (STL or Belleville). There is an indian mound in the neighborhood that is the highest point in St Clair Co. Great views!

Rick Bonasch said...

Based on the price tag of 67 Signal Hill, it looks like that neighborhood is out of our price range.

Bellevegas, is 67 Signal Hill the big house that looks like a southern plantation, facing southwest, with the big columns lining the front of the home?

If so, do you know if it predates the Civil War?

Bellevegas said...

Yes, I think we're talking about the same one. I don't know how old it is, but I doubt it is Civil War era. Most of Signal Hill was platted around 1890-1910. Many houses were built in the 1920's or later. Historically it was a wealthy unincorporated neighborhood of East St Louis. A.T. Spivey, of the Spivey Bldg in ESL, built a house next to the indian mound.

http://www.eco-absence.org/esl/spivey/

I am trying to find the location of the old East St Louis and Suburban RR that linked the neighborhood to St Louis.

By the way, the price for the house included a huge lake and woods next door...I suspect it is by far the most expensive property in the neighborhood.