DeBaliviere Place is a neighborhood within the central western portion of the City of St. Louis with a population, at the time of the 2010 census, of 3,466 residents. Covering nearly 0.32 total square miles, its closest neighbors are Visitation Park at the north, all of Forest Park at the south, Central West End towards the east and Skinker Debaliviere at the west. It is represented by two Aldermen – sitting in the 26th and 28th Wards respectively.
The neighborhood’s history began in 1776 when the area encompassing current-day DeBaliviere Place was part of a Spanish Land Grant given to Madame Marie Louise Papin, daughter of the famous matriarch of the Chouteau fur trading family. The total land area covered nearly 2,720 acres by the time it was surveyed almost 30 years later in 1800. Like the neighborhoods of Wydown Skinker and Skinker DeBaliviere, much of the land was owned by successful St. Louis businessmen whose names would by synonymous with several notable St. Louis streets – i.e. Peter Lindell, William Forsyth, Thomas K. Skinker and more.
Much of the DeBaliviere Place land was mainly a rural spot that contained several sizeable estates and verdant farm space. As the 20th century approached and an eagerness for the 1904 World’s Fair swept St. Louis, the region began subdividing and underwent its first initial urbanizing for residential spots. Julius Pitzman, an important St. Louis surveyor, laid out the private streets of Kingsbury Place and Washington Terrace in 1902 that contained many large homes that are still found there today.
Residents of DeBaliviere Place are served by the St. Louis Public School District.