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Maps and Atlases

The following maps and atlases are especially useful in researching houses and other buildings.

Pictorial St. Louis (1875)

If you are researching a house or building that dates back to 1875 or before, you should consult Compton and Dry's Pictorial St. Louis (1875), which contains 109 plates of bird's-eye drawings of the city of St. Louis. In this publication, many residential, commercial, and institutional buildings are identified by name. (Numbers written on the buildings correspond with identification at the bottom of the plates.) Pictorial St. Louis is available at the Missouri History Museum Library. It's also accessible in digital form on the Library of Congress website. A composite version of Pictorial St. Louis, with the 109 plates "stitched" together into one map, is available on davidrumsey.com. This composite version allows you to zoom in and out and easily navigate by clicking and dragging. This composite version, however, does not show the text that corresponds with the numbered buildings.

Fire Insurance Maps

Fire insurance maps show the "footprint" of buildings and indicate whether the structure was of frame, brick, or stone construction and how many stories it had. These maps also show garages, stables, and outhouses. See how to access fire insurance maps for various time periods.

St. Louis City Plat Maps

  • The Missouri History Museum Library holds St. Louis City Plat Books (1888-1892) arranged by city block number (six-volume set). These books show the names of the owners of property lots. To determine the city block number, consult the framed map hanging on the wall across from the Library Reference Desk. Request these plat books at the Library Reference Desk.

  • The Missouri History Museum Library holds the St. Louis Plat and Record Company Atlas of the City of St. Louis (1905; eight-volume set), which shows the names of the owners of property lots. Consult the map index in the Library Reading Room to determine which volume you need for the particular address you are researching.

Atlas of the City of St. Louis (1883)

The Missouri History Museum Library holds a copy of G.M. Hopkins' "Atlas of the City of St. Louis, Missouri" (1883), which shows the footprint of buildings and indicates frame, brick, or stone construction. This atlas is also accessible on Missouri Digital Heritage. Click the magnifying glass icon at the top to zoom in or out, and click the adjacent black triangles to move left, right, up, and down. To locate the name of a landowner, key in the landowner's surname in the SEARCH THIS OBJECT box; the plate (or page) numbers on which that name appears will be highlighted in red.

J.W. Palmatary's Bird's-eye View of St. Louis, 1858

View eight sectional views of J.W. Palmatary's Bird's-eye view of St. Louis, 1858.

Northwest Publishing Co.'s Plat Book of St. Louis County, 1909

The Missouri History Museum Library holds a copy of the "Plat Book of St. Louis County, Missouri," published by the Northwest Publishing Co. in 1909. The pages in this plat book show the names of property owners in St. Louis County. In addition, the pages show the footprint of residences and other buildings, which may help you determine if your home was standing in 1909. Please note that the table of contents provides an incomplete listing of the cities and towns represented in the plat book, so you may need to page through the volume to see if there is a detailed view of the addition, subdivision, or town where your home is located. In the front and back of the book are photographs of dozens of St. Louis County residences. These photographs are indexed in the Missouri History Museum's Genealogy and Local History Index. Request this plat book at the Library Reference Desk.

St. Louis Plat and Record Co.'s Atlas of St. Louis County, 1909

The Missouri History Museum Library holds a copy of the "Atlas of St. Louis County," published by the St. Louis Plat and Record Co. in 1909. The pages in this plat book show the names of property owners in the central corridor of St. Louis County from the St. Louis City limits to approximately as far west as present-day Interstate 270. Consult the map index in the Library Reading Room to determine which volume you need for the particular address you are researching.

Central West End Neighborhood Maps

The Missouri History Museum Library holds two architectural survey maps of the Central West End neighborhood compiled by the Landmarks Association of St. Louis in 1987-1988. These maps show the date of construction and name of architect for many residences and other buildings in the Central West End.

Skinker-DeBaliviere Neighborhood Map

The Missouri History Museum Library holds an architectural survey map of the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood compiled by the Landmarks Association of St. Louis in 1983 (revised in 1986). This map shows the date of construction and name of architect for many residences and other buildings in Skinker-DeBaliviere (including the Parkview neighborhood). This map is accessible online on the Skinker-DeBaliviere Centennial website.

Shaw Neighborhood Map

The Missouri History Museum Library holds an architectural survey map of the Shaw neighborhood compiled by the Landmarks Association of St. Louis in 1985. This map shows the date of construction for many residences and other buildings in the Shaw neighborhood.

Benton Park/Marine Villa Neighborhood Maps

The Missouri History Museum Library holds two architectural survey maps of the Benton Park neighborhood (including a portion of the Marine Villa neighborhood) compiled by the Landmarks Association of St. Louis in 1985. These maps show the date of construction for many residences and other buildings in the Benton Park.

Fox Park Neighborhood Map

The Missouri History Museum Library holds an architectural survey map of a portion of the Fox Park neighborhood compiled by the Landmarks Association of St. Louis in 1984. This map shows the date of construction for many residences and other buildings in a portion of the Fox Park neighborhood bounded approximately by Oregon Ave., Ann Ave., South Jefferson Ave., and Victor St. This map is titled "Fox Park Expansion: Comption Hill Local Historic District."

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