I came across this building, seemingly an old store, on Collinsville Avenue east of downtown. I have no idea what it once was, but it looks to be one of the older buildings in the city.
While East St. Louis is famous for its beautiful early Twentieth Century architecture, the city dates to before the Civil War. I suspect this building, with its cast iron storefront elements, was built sometime in the 1870’s or 80’s.
The large vacant lot, with ever-growing volunteer trees, no doubt once possessed a building as well. The interstate runs close by here; the land is undesirable.