Carr Square Village
Beginning in the early 1800s, Carr Square provided housing for immigrants seeking a better life in America. The Germans came first, then the Irish. Later, the Polish supplanted the Irish while Orthodox Jews succeeded the Germans. By 1920, the community became a polyglot of mixed nationalities, including immigrants from Russia and the Balkan countries. The depression and World War II brought large numbers of African-American migrants from poor, rural areas of the South. Eventually, Carr Square became a testing ground, in St. Louis and nationally, for public housing policy - the good, the bad and the ugly - including the site for the legendary Pruitt Igoe project.
Today, Carr Square reflects a more enlightened vision of a mixed income working class community. The district now offers a variety of housing, green space, neighborhood retail and schools, and social services from daycare to afterschool tutoring and community arts workshops to transportation for the elderly.
The district also contains numerous sites with great potential for new development. In fact, much of the area included in Paul McKee’s proposed Northside Regeneration plan is located in Carr Square.
Feature: The first project announced for the $8 billion dollar Northside Regeneration project is the $13 million renovation of the historic Clemens House in Carr Square. This project will preserve an important landmark in the neighborhood’s architectural history while providing senior housing and a new community museum.