There are still remnants of the economic powerhouse that was once Crestwood Mall, such as the office building and strip mall across Watson Road, former Route 66, from the now vacant lot.
I visited Sunset Memorial Park, out Gravois Road in the sunshine of early July 2018. I am still impressed by the massive columbarium, which sits towards the back of the cemetery. There is also a very pretty office and residence… Continue Reading
The massive University City High School was designed by Hugo K. Graf and Wilber Tyson Trueblood, in what I would describe as an Art Deco style. It combines older sculpting traditions with more modern aesthetics in massing and line. It… Continue Reading
Designed by Hugo K. Graf and Wilber Tyson Trueblood, Jackson Park Elementary School opened in 1933. Famed architect William Ittner added on some additions in 1952, late in his career. The school is a wonderful example of late Romanesque Revival… Continue Reading
Formerly dedicated to St. Patrick, this Modernist Roman Catholic church near the intersection of Olive and I-170 is now the Korean national church of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, a martyr who died in the Nineteenth Century. He is the patron saint… Continue Reading
Straddling Utah Street on the east side of Indiana Avenue, Carnegie Park is not the result of the demolition of historic houses sometime in the mid-Twentieth Century. In fact, it was originally supposed to be a market, but after that… Continue Reading
I sometimes find it hard to believe there was once life on the riverfront. It’s just a giant empty expanse of concrete, partially buried train tracks and vacant lots awaiting “redevelopment” that’s probably never coming.
I walked around Kirkwood for a little while a couple of weeks ago, and checked out some of the diversity of housing styles along Taylor Avenue. The houses are in good shape, and well-preserved. It was disappointing to see the… Continue Reading
Formerly Grace Episcopal Church, Eliot Unitarian Chapel took over this beautiful Gothic Revival church just east of downtown Kirkwood in 1961. The Eliot comes from the same man who helped found Washington University.