Welcome to Kirkwood, MO
Kirkwood at a Glance With large, beautiful stately old homes with broad, open lawns framed by mature trees and sidewalks lining its streets, Kirkwood is the picture of small town America. But while its lifestyle follows much of the stereotype of comfortable, small-town life where neighbors know each other, children walk to the business district to buy ice cream and trinkets and life is quiet and laid back, Kirkwood’s origins veer from the stereotype.
Despite its appearance of a quiet, small midwestern town, Kirkwood is actually a suburb just 14 miles from downtown St. Louis just 14 miles from downtown St. Louis. Because the area is a mere 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis, residents take advantage of some of the shortest commutes in St. Louis County.
Kirkwood offers the visitor a variety of experiences-from the excitement of live theatre at Stages, a professional theatrical company, to the titillation of the taste buds at a vibrant farmers’ market to the unending fun at the Magic House Children’s Museum to the quiet solitude of nature on hiking trails in the Powder Valley Conservation Area.
Kirkwood History The city was formally established in 1853 and was named for James Pugh Kirkwood, the engineer who platted the city and surveyed the Pacific railroad route which passed through the area. More Kirkwood History
Kirkwood’s historic past is also one of the main reasons why it has remained one of St. Louisans favorite places to live as the rich and diverse historic architecture is simply too hard to resist. There are also more than 80 Historic Kirkwood Landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places as well as two local historic districts, two national historic districts and several others districts currently under consideration.
Kirkwood Shopping & Special Events Each year more and more visitors come to Kirkwood for it’s unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. With its historic train station and vintage buildings, downtown Kirkwood has retained the charm and warmth of a town of an earlier era although it is a modern suburb.
Kirkwood Junction, another name for historic Downtown retains the charm and character of the past combined with abundant shopping, dining, and entertainment in a rare pedestrian friendly outdoor ambiance. Spanning sixteen square blocks, Kirkwood Junction is home to more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants whose owners and staff often welcome customers by name as they enter.
Other downtown attractions include the Kirkwood Public Library, Kirkwood Farmers' Market, Post Office, City Hall, Kirkwood YMCA, and many specialty shops, restaurants, and churches are within easy walking distance. Customers and employees of over 150 professional offices and service providers may never have reason to get back into their cars during the day. Walkers, joggers, cyclists, students and strollers can be seen daily all sharing the tree lined sidewalks in this very "walkable" community.
Numerous plantings and more than one hundred large flower pots that line the streets of Kirkwood Junction enhance the experience of walking, cycling or jogging throughout the area. These amenities along with the unique and historic storefronts in the district enhance the experience of passersby.
In addition, annual special events such as the Halloween Walk, Summer Solstice Dinner and the Thursday night live entertainment at Station Plaza bring residents out in droves. The two largest community events are undoubtably the annual July 4th fireworks extravaganza at Kirkwood Park, and the Greentree Festival held each September and hosting over 40,000 attendees.
The Greentree Festival provides an annual event that enhances community spirit and provides entertaining and educational activities that reflect the traditional values of community. It includes a craft show with over 200 exhibitors, Civil War Re-enactors, hand dipped candle makers and the ever popular sheep herding event!
Kirkwood Schools Kirkwood Schools offer an educational experience that is unmatched. The Kirkwood School District has one of the highest graduation rates in the country. This is due not only to the high quality of education, but also to the spirit of cooperation and continued teamwork between parents', teachers', administrators' and residents' commitment to excellence.
The area is also home to several private and parochial primary schools, a private Catholic high school, numerous early childhood educational facilities and St. Louis Community College at Meramec. View St Louis Area Schools
Kirkwood Recreation Residents also enjoy the fabulous Kirkwood Recreation Complex which offers an outdoor swimming experience, including a lazy river, a children's pool with a play center, and a diving/lap pool. The Complex also houses an indoor ice arena and a gymnasium where many expositions and sporting events are held.