The Shaw Neighborhood is a local historic district whose historic structure and character is protected by ordinance. Shaw contains a variety of housing, from beautiful grand homes to spacious multifamily dwellings. The variety of housing choice in Shaw translates into a rich diversity among residents. Shaw is truly one of St. Louis’ most diverse neighborhoods.
The Shaw Neighborhood is supported by many local institutions. Many churches, schools, and small businesses call Shaw home. The Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association assists in strengthening the community by providing communication to residents about issues affecting Shaw or St. Louis City in general, promoting the neighborhood, and sponsoring amenities and events such as the Shaw Dog Park and the Historic Shaw Art Fair. Also located in this growing and thriving community is the Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation, which promotes and improves properties by working with developers and realtors to showcase the wealth of housing available and assist in marketing the neighborhood.
A renovation renaissance is taking place in Shaw. It remains one of the oldest and most intact neighborhoods among St. Louis City’s historic districts. Not only is housing undergoing renovation, but businesses are also popping up. Shaw residents and visitors to Shaw are able to enjoy Sasha’s on Shaw, Five Aces BBQ, Ices Plain and Fancy, SweetArt Bakeshop & Art Studio, Thurman’s in Shaw, and Fiddlehead Fern Cafe. The international businesses and restaurants along South Grand Blvd. are also within a half-mile walking distance of Shaw, through Tower Grove Park.
Tower Grove Park, located on the south end of Shaw, is a wonderful place to walk, bike, play tennis, take the kids to the playgrounds or enjoy a wonderful Sunday brunch at the renovated Piper Palm House. The Missouri Botanical Garden borders Shaw to the west and is one of the oldest and most renowned research botanical gardens in the United States. It offers quiet beauty as well as numerous events throughout the year. Free or low cost concerts play at Tower Grove Park and the Missouri Botanical Garden during the summer. All this and much more is within walking distance of any home in Shaw.
Shaw is a member of the Garden District Commission, a community-based organization leading long-term efforts to revitalize and beautify the neighborhoods surrounding the Missouri Botanical Garden.