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7 cool treats in historic St. Louis: Part 5

Patrons enjoy the brightly colored Art Deco interior of The Fountain on Locust almost as much as the ice cream sundaes.
Patrons enjoy the brightly colored Art Deco interior of The Fountain on Locust almost as much as the ice cream sundaes.
Photo by Amy Borrelli

Cool treat #5: Savor a sundae and a Studebaker on Automobile Row.

Once upon a time, St. Louis was as much associated with automobile manufacturing in the U.S. as Detroit; in fact, in 1912, there were more than 100 motor carriage businesses listed in the city directory.

Locust Street in Midtown Alley became ground zero for auto dealers and manufacturers. Ornate buildings constructed specifically for car showrooms sprouted up and down a three-block stretch on Locust.

In recent years the Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri has commissioned a series of plaques along this Automobile Row, offering fascinating details about the buildings that once housed car dealerships and the development of the automobile in the St. Louis area. Dealers up and down the street hawked bygone cars such as the Packard, Hupmobile, Nash and Stearns-Knight.

But first things first: fortification at The Fountain on Locust, 3047 Locust St. Come back another night for an ice cream martini and Burlesque Bingo, but for now enjoy a cool treat before taking a self-guided walking tour down Automobile Row to check out the amazing architecture.

The restaurant/bar is only six years old, but the building itself dates back to 1918, when the Supreme Car Company sold Stutz sports cars there. Today customers dig into sundaes such as Three Coins in the Fountain (with chocolate, vanilla and mint ice cream, topped with to-die-for hot fudge sauce and three chocolate coins) or the Black Cadillac (black cherry ice cream and hot fudge).