The point of this website is to promote the forgotten corners of this city, and I sometimes neglect the more well known places, such as Lafayette Square. But the Second Empire mansions lining Lafayette Square are still spectacular, coming around… Continue Reading
Designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassebaum, the Gateway Tower opened in 1966.
It’s not the most famous building in downtown, but I still think it has some of the most creative terracotta in the whole city. Often shrouded in the shadows of its neighbors, the Mark Twain still shines in white and… Continue Reading
The block containing the Arcade-Wright and Paul Brown Buildings is the only block with completely preserved historic office buildings. The masterfully restored Arcade-Wright Building, with its distinctive shopping arcade, is one of the most important renovations in the last decade.
I caught the Security Building in the morning light and saw new details I had never noticed before. Take a look at this historic office building, finished just before the dawn of the new era with the completion of the… Continue Reading
This building, like many older office buildings in downtown St. Louis, received a Modernist slipcover in the 1950s or 60s, its owners now ashamed of its historic architecture. The slipcovers have started to come off these old buildings, revealing often… Continue Reading
A Beaux-Arts architect left nothing to chance, assiduously designing every aspect of a commission. Even the lamppost, such as the one above, received first class treatment, and was not purchased on-line from Home Depot. The flag pole, above and below,… Continue Reading
The main portal, with archways inspired by the Barberini Palace, possesses important names from literature. The largest names: Goethe, Milton and Racine, represent the major languages of St. Louis, German, English and French. In the roundels below those three names,… Continue Reading
The details and craftsmanship of the Central Library shows in things such as the balustrade, or the bronze work, or the terrazzo vaulting.