Chuck Berry's St. Louis Homes and Properties Before He Was Rich and Famous [Photos]

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Chris Naffziger
Berry and his family would live here for two short years before moving again.
4420 Cottage Avenue
After briefly moving to a home across the street from Berry's birthplace on Goode Avenue, the Berry family settled at 4420 Cottage Avenue, also in the Ville neighborhood. They would stay at this location for just about two years. Recalls Berry of the 4420 Cottage home:
Late in the second grade our family moved again. Daddy found a five-room brick bungalow with full bath, full basement, central heating, and a front and backyard just two blocks away at 4420 Cottage Avenue. We thought it was a palace to have closets and front and back porches. The rent was $25 a month. Mother dug in her savings and added new pieces of furniture that included a new Whirlpool washing machine and a pedal Singer sewing machine that (to my delight) I was invited to pedal while mother sewed. Daddy had some white people install a telephone which brought a million questions from me about its function.
Next: The Berrys move to a home that Chuck will return to time and time again as a teen and young adult.

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21 comments
Mark Swain
Mark Swain

Because tracking the cakes is much more educational and rewarding.

Mark Alan
Mark Alan

that lil house looks to have much more charm than his current home - I mean the guitar shaped pool and all those trailers on his yard are a lil tacky in my opinion.

Stephen Mennemeyer
Stephen Mennemeyer

Hey everyone were extending an invite to come check us out for all your blues memorabilia and just having a great time. We're having an event on the 12th for all types of fun and prizes. If your a blues fan you don't want to miss this! www.facebook.com/groups/StlouisHockeyBuySellTrade/

Dan Sterkin
Dan Sterkin

Doesn't Berry have enough in his accounts to save his historic home if he wanted to?

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Nothing says "close this tab" like a slideshow.

Tom Archer
Tom Archer

What will the city be doing with the property?

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