The Central West End is a neighborhood in St. Louis stretching from Midtown's western edge to Union Boulevard and bordering along Forest Park with its outstanding array of free cultural institutions. This area is home to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (the New Cathedral), which houses the largest collection of mosaics in the world.
Famous playwright Tennessee Williams grew up in the Central West End. The house of renowned poet T.S. Eliot is also located in the area. Beat writer William S. Burroughs's childhood home sits on Pershing Avenue. Hungarian and American Sculptor George Julian Zolnay, known as the "Sculptor of the Confederacy", also lived in the Central West End in the early 1900s.
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