Corner stores rarely exist in St. Louis anymore, as larger chains have taken over. If you own a car, it’s no big deal to go to your favorite store. If you’re on foot, it’s a different story. That being said,… Continue Reading
Originally constructed in 1898 as the Salem Evangelisch Lutheran and Reformed Church, this stately Gothic edifice is now the St. Peter’s AME Methodist Church, the second oldest African-American congregation from 1847, moving into this building in 1962.
Continuing St. Louis’s tradition of hiding apartment buildings in the guise of a single-family house, these wonderful Arts and Crafts two-family flats exist in whole streets around Penrose. They are smart investments, as the owner can live on one floor… Continue Reading
I love Arts and Crafts houses; they have a cool, almost modern perspective, but yet still using historic craftsmanship combined with woodwork and rustic stonework. There are whole streets of them in Penrose. And of course, the break with the… Continue Reading
Due to the late development of the Penrose neighborhood, there are also some interesting pockets of Modernist ranches and Cape Cods. They are all from after World War II, so they are ahead of the “obsolescence” curve that so often… Continue Reading
The Penrose neighborhood has whole streets lined with Gingerbread style houses, even though most people associate these houses with the St. Louis Hills area of South City. And they’re all well maintained, and the heart of the middle class community… Continue Reading
Can we quit spreading the myth that the entire North Side is a disaster? It’s not. While there are clearly neighborhoods, such as Wells-Goodfellow that are severely depressed, other parts of the upper half of the city, such as the… Continue Reading
South of St. Louis Avenue, where the spy agency is being built, looks like a blank canvas in the snow. But I know better: there were real people who lived there, and they suffered at the hands of our politicians.
This building is awesome. It shows the history of itself right on the front elevatin. At some point, somebody didn’t like the fenestration ,and changed it. The doors were replaced later, as well.
It never ceases to amaze me when I see the beautiful Nineteenth Century houses northwest of downtown. They should be competitive, being so close to jobs and possessing the same architecture as Lafayette Square, but the neighborhood struggles to attract… Continue Reading