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Images 9: The 3500 block of Olive today, looking east toward downtown St. All of the buildings on the block that had contained lesbian and gay bars have been demolished.
Photograph by Ian Darnell, summer 2016.“In This Part of the City, All the Fellows Are Gay,” a three part essay about the history of LGBTQ nightlife at St. Title quote from a 1969 police report, when a man arrested for “masquerading” (i.e., dressing in drag) reportedly told a vice officer that “in this part of the city [i.e., the 3500 block of Olive and vicinity] all of the fellows are Gay.” Advertising Al Parker ar Xiv Biology books & ebooks Center for the Humanities Comics Collection Charles Craver Collection Comics Comparative Literature New Books Comparative Literature New e Books Comparative Literature New e Resources Exhibits eyes on the prize Germanic Studies New Books Germanic Studies New e Books Germanic Studies New e Resources Germanic Studies New Reference Germanic Studies What's New Henry Hampton Collection HSMT books & ebooks Illustration LGBTQ Math books & ebooks MLC Modern Literature Collection Open Access Periodical Illustration Physics Books Physics Journals Physics Library Hours Publishing quality-impact factors-peer review Research Robert Andrew Parker Robert Weaver Sam Fox School Special Collections St.
These establishments remained in business after 1959, when the nearby Mill Creek Valley neighborhood was largely demolished as part of a “slum clearance” or “urban renewal” project.
For years afterward, much of the former Mill Creek Valley consisted of empty, grass-covered lots, earning it the nickname “Hiroshima Flats.” In an oral history, Georgia King—a lesbian who frequented the area in the 1950s—recalled that the bars there “were really something else.
Louis, Missouri hides in a three-state-sized cornfield. There was the nook of the county where I went to prep school.
I graduated in a wedding dress, attended debutante balls, and had a near-constant Frappuccino as part of my polo-khaki-skirt uniform. In my youth, it seemed dangerous and full of broken metal things. The East held gang violence and puddles with needles, and the West was a Shirley Temple at the racquet club and an outing on horseback.
By the close of 1980, all the bars on the block had gone out of businesses, and most of the buildings there had been demolished to make way for the construction of a new state office building.
More than four decades of LGBTQ nightlife at Grand and Olive had come to an end. Researchers' Publications Walt Reed Illustration Archive Washington University William H.
Louis, watching the grown-up lesbians parade in and out of Shelley’s Bar. [Nearby] is the Golden Gate Bar, also gay, but unimportant to us because it is where only gay men go, though that corner, too, is crowded with bleating adolescent homosexuals—male type.” Despite their proximity to Black residential neighborhoods, the bars on the 3500 block of Olive could be unwelcoming to non-white customers in the 1950s.For some, the bars on Olive marked the eastern border of the “gay ghetto.” In these years, popular nightspots on the block included the Golden Gate Bar (later the Golden Gate Coffee House), Shelley’s (also called the Midway and Gus’), Act IV Coffee House, and the Onyx Room.Other LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly bars, restaurants, and coffeehouses were on nearby blocks.However, the racial character of the block was not static.By the late 1960s, some of the bars appear to have become racially integrated, and in the late 1970s the Onyx Room was described as “predominantly black” in a directory of local gay businesses.