Founded in 1877 as the German General Protestant Orphan’s home, the community foundation is now a nonprofit helping other nonprofits not make profits (but still be financially strong). To my disappointment, the German General Protestant Orphan’s home did not originally cater to children who became orphans because a German General had lost his life on the battlefield, but instead to German orphans from no particular protestant denomination. I guess there’s honor in both of those options.
As the number of German protestant orphans declined, the foundation shifted its focus and eventually gave up their direct care profile. Now, they support other causes that focus on children, so they can still carry the legacy of the German-Americans who founded the orphanage in the first place. The foundation has moved around the city quite a lot, starting out at 17th Street and Chouteau, and then going from Natural Ridge to Creve Coeur. I can imagine the first location was the best by far, but now that 17th Street is mostly replaced by train tracks and highway ramps, perhaps you’re better off in Creve Coeur.
Youthbridge Community Foundation is a historical landmark for sure, helping to make this city a better place, but don’t take a detour to visit it. If, however, you have been looking all your life to leave a legacy in Saint Louis, you can visit their website right here.
This blog post is part of a series on landmarks in Saint Louis. I take one of the 250 landmarks selected for the 250th anniversary of the city and look up some information. This way, I hope to get to know my new city a little better every week together with you, my readers.