Built in 1911 according to the designs of the famous Mauran, Russell & Crowell, the old Laclede Gas Building is not the largest historic building in downtown, but its use of terracotta, and tan brick give it a nice appearance.
Easily one of the largest and tallest of downtown’s historic core, the Syndicate Trust is one of my favorite buildings in the city. Restored several years ago, it looks ready for another one hundred years.
The Jefferson Arms is massive, and will require a complex plan to get it back open. Actually two buildings, the original and an expansion, it has been vacant for many years. The elaborate cornice will have to be rebuilt, as… Continue Reading
Tract housing has always been around, and this row of houses, built at the same time, creates a rhythm as one walks down the street.
The Casa Loma Ballroom continues to be a landmark on Cherokee Street. While the Cinderella continues the replacement of its original terracotta. But an old Anheuser-Busch pub still sits in limbo, its owner holding out.
The renovation of the old Cherokee Brewery into Earthbound continues, with a complete removal of that awful red paint, and tuckpointing giving new life to this ancient structure. It will be amazing when complete. Ghost signs have appeared… …while the… Continue Reading
I love the architecture of Benton Park West, with its stately Second Empire architecture. Look at this house, with its second and third floors sticking out, or look at the beautiful terracotta ornament below.
The quiet blocks of Fox Park, just north of Russell Blvd and south of I-44, feature a bevy of beautiful houses from as early as the 1870s to the early Twentieth Century. Below, houses I might expect to see in… Continue Reading
This is the original location of St. Matthew’s Evangelisch Church, which was later on Jefferson Avenue. Its front facade is weird, and probably a later reworking.