Did you ever have a friend who went through a rough patch, and then when they finally moved past that hardship, they just never were the same anymore? That’s sort of what I feel like when I look at Northwest… Continue Reading
Update: The completed redevelopment left much to be desired. The demolition of Northwest Plaza, once the queen of the shopping malls of St. Louis, continues. As the ill-fated, and revealed by the demolition of the cheaply built enclosure of the… Continue Reading
I didn’t have much time so I snapped a couple of bad photos, but I will return and document more of the demolition of what was once the largest outdoor mall in the world.
Update: Most of the mall was demolished and portions were redeveloped. When will these walls coming crashing down, the victim of demolition? Will there be any memory of what was here fifty years from now? How could such a thriving… Continue Reading
I have a sentimental soft spot for the Northwest Plaza Sears, as its architecture is very similar to the mall I went to as a child in Saginaw, Michigan, Fashion Square Mall. I also realized that in some ways the… Continue Reading
Besides the Fairview Heights and South County stores, the Northwest Plaza Famous Barr is the third of the remaining signature domed departments stores. Much ado has been made of the enclosure of the original outdoor mall, but it is interesting… Continue Reading
There are many tags on this site that don’t fit into any of the categories neatly. They’re not neighborhoods, cities or counties. But many of them are families, famous businesses or churches, along with what I might call general interest.… Continue Reading
A great new resource for photography aficionados has open in Grand Center, above the Triumph Grill. The International Photography Hall of Fame will have rotating exhibits of its collections as well as other special exhibits.
East of the giant parking lots that sit empty most of the year is a rapidly developing neighborhood with great businesses. The architecture is usually from the early Twentieth Century, replacing the mansions and upper middle class houses that spread… Continue Reading
I often learn interesting things from my readers, and recently one visitor to my site informed me that the large potter’s field near the St. Louis Insane Asylum was dug up in the 1950’s and moved out to Mount Lebanon… Continue Reading