Anonymous Building, East St. Louis

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  1. Joe Cottonwood

    12/19/2012, 11:22 am

    Love your blog, man. This building in particular reminds me of the multiple generations of stone and brick you find in old European buildings. The difference of course is that a humble Italian church might have taken 900 years to acquire such eclectic character, while this structure seems to have been in constant turmoil over a much briefer span of time – much like life in East Saint Louis.

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