I found some old pictures my family took from the Arch back in 1986-7; in the upper left, you can see the Cupples Warehouses sitting vacant. The first Kiener Plaza, now demolished, was just starting construction. The ash trees are… Continue Reading
Designed by Sarmiento, the Archdiocese Chancery is a unique building, much more adorned that the AAA further east on Lindell. The small details, like the paving stones above, and the door handle below, show that Modernism is not always devoid… Continue Reading
The New Cathedral is an interesting mix of architectural styles: there are certainly elements of hulking German or French Romanesque Revival on the exterior, but there are also Byzantine elements that remind me of the church of Hagia Sophia in… Continue Reading
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