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7 cool treats in historic St. Louis: Part 7

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Last but not least, cool treat #7: It’s worth the wait at Crown Candy.

No self-respecting St. Louisan can go to the grave without visiting this St. Louis institution first; if the Heart-Stopping BLT doesn’t do it, the five-malts-in-30-minutes challenge just might. Crown Candy Kitchen, 1401 St. Louis Ave., has been serving candy, ice cream and lunches since 1913. Customers may find the line extending out the door and around the corner, but any grumpiness over the wait will fade away once the waitress sets down a giant cylinder of chocolate banana malt on the table.

After eating, most patrons hop into their cars and leave the area, but a quick drive west down St. Louis Avenue reveals historical treasure: rows of brick mansions from a bygone era, some pristine, others vacant and run-down. The St. Louis Place Historic District gained recognition on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

The neighborhood was home to hundreds of German and Irish immigrants in the mid-1800s, and it was the wealthiest who built their mansions along St. Louis Avenue, such as Irish-born James Meagher, who made a fortune in the pork-packing industry and built the Second Empire-style home at 2223 St. Louis Ave.

The Griot Museum of Black History, at 2505 St. Louis Ave., is housed in a beautifully renovated structure that was formerly a Catholic school.