Historic Highlight: 5746 Lisette Avenue & Princeton Heights
5746 Lisette Avenue is one of those homes you walk into and just say wow. This charming Arts and Crafts Movement-inspired home was constructed in 1935, and retains many of its original details.
The shape of the house is typical for a streetcar suburb in the 1930s and the facade also features masonry details like accent stones and stepped entrance portal, as well as the original, refurbished front door and stained glass windows. Inside, you’ll find arched doorways, hardwood floors, original millwork, custom built-ins, and a decorative stone fireplace.
This beautiful home is in good company. It’s located in the Princeton Heights neighborhood, comprised of mostly 1920s to 1930s homes categorized as Craftsman bungalows, storybook houses, or vernacular variations of the American Foursquare.
The Princeton Heights neighborhood is roughly bound by Hampton Boulevard, Eichelberger Street, Christy Boulevard, River Des Peres, and Gravois Avenue.
Before becoming incorporated into St. Louis City, the area was known as Gardenville and was mainly agricultural. The name Princeton Heights comes from the Princeton Creamery, which used to be on Kingshighway. By 1920 nearly all of the farmland had been subdivided for residential and commercial use. Streetcar lines ran down the South Hampton Loop and Macklind Avenue and along Kingshighway.
Although Princeton Heights has no historic districts, the neighborhood has a sense of shared continuity and historic charm.