The signs honor Frank Knapstein, a German immigrant and contractor who built throughout South St. Louis. The one-block Knapstein Place was built around 1915 or 1916 and named for Frank Knapstein. It was changed to Providence Place during the anti-German hysteria of World War I.
The German-American Heritage Society of Saint Louis and I campaigned for the honorary designation. We’re campaigning for a designation at five other streets city streets whose German names were changed during World War I.
A street department worker will come by Friday to cover the signs. They’ll be covered on Friday and unveiled in a ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday. We hope to see you there.