The North Hampton Neighborhood is located in south St Louis. The boundaries are Kingshighway to the east, Chippewa on the south, Hampton Avenue on the west and Scanlan and Connecticut, right through the St Louis State Hospital grounds, on the north.
Surrounding neighborhoods are Southampton to the south, St. Louis Hills to the southwest, the Lindenwood Park Neighborhood to the west, Southwest Garden Neighborhood to the north, the Tower Grove South Neighborhood to the east and the Bevo Mill Neighborhood to the southeast.
Tilles Park is found in the neighborhood at the corner of Hampton Avenue and Flyer. You might ask, isn't there a Tilles Park in St. Louis County? Yes there is, so why two parks with the same name? The Tilles Park in St. Louis County originally belonged to the City. It was sold to the County in 1957 to buy the 29 acres in the North Hampton Neighborhood to create the City's "Tilles Park", thus the same name! The park provides many recreation facilities for the residents of North Hampton and the surrounding neighborhoods as well. Those facilities include a playground, athletic fields for soccer, softball and baseball, a basketball court and lighted racquetball and tennis courts.
The St. Louis Public School District serves North Hampton's residents. The district has the Kennard Classical Junior Academy Elementary School in the neighborhood located on Potomac. It is a Magnet School with a focus on "Gifted Education" and serves students in Preschool through 5th grade. There are other district schools in the surrounding neighborhoods. Those are Buder Elementary School on Lansdown Avenue in the Southampton Neighborhood. The Busch Middle School of Character, a Magnet School on Clifton Avenue, serves students in grades 6th through 8th, and the Nottingham Community Access & Job Training High School located on Donovan Avenue, are both in the St. Louis Hills Neighborhood. In the Southwest Garden Neighborhood are two high schools, Central Visual and Performing Arts High School and Cleveland Naval Junior ROTC Academy, both are Magnet school. Fanning Middle School and Mann Academy Elementary School are both located in the Tower Grove South Neighborhood. The Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction Magnet School is located in the Lindenwood Park Neighborhood on Pernod and specializes in "gifted" education for grades Preschool through 3rd and "General Academics" for 4th and 5th. Woerner Elementary School on Leona Street is found in the Bevo Mill Neighborhood.
The Machacek Library Branch of the St. Louis Public Library is conveniently located in the Lindenwood Park Neighborhood on Scanlan Avenue. It is one of the 15 branch libraries that the St. Louis Public Library system has dotted throughout the city.
The old St. Louis State Hospital, or as it is known today, the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center, is a promenient feature in the North Hampton Neighborhood. It is located on the highest point of the City and also lies in the Southwest Garden Neighborhood. At the time it was built in 1869 it was known as the "St. Louis County Lunatic Asylum", and was not within the city limits. In 1876, when the City separated from the County, the name was changed to the "St. Louis City Insane Asylum" since it was then within the city's limits. It was built to house the mentally ill, a medical field that was fairly new at the time. In 1948, the City sold the hospital to the State of Missouri for the sum of $1 and the State renamed it the "St. Louis State Hospital". This impressive domed structure is the orginal building of 1869, but it is all that is left of a huge complex, including two massive wings that where built on either side of the domed building. Incidentally, the domed building was designed by William Rumbold who also designed its identical twin, the Old Courthouse dome in Downtown. Rumbold was also a consultant for the dome on our nation's Capitol in Washington DC.