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.
Built for Eastman Kodak, this small building that now houses the Thaxton on Olive Street shows that not all wonderful buildings in downtown are huge. Some are quite small, and quite beautiful.
More brick has spalled out at collapse on the weakened chimney of the old house on Samuel Shepard. Looking back to my August pictures, I can now see that it was already weakened. It was never meant to be exposed… Continue Reading
Your tax dollars at work! The State of Missouri has jealously owned a group of historic houses on Samuel Shepard Drive for a couple of decades, and now the SaLees Kennard House has suffered a collapse of its back service… Continue Reading
A demolition permit was issued for $10,000 in late October to wreck the old Second Empire townhouse that once stood connected to Jamison Memorial Church. A friend tipped me off to the recent events. The later wing built to the… Continue Reading
Designed by Klipstein and Rathmann and completed in 1930, the Civil Courts Building was probably one of the last generation of major Beaux-Arts buildings in America. Its form is based off the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, with an extended base but… Continue Reading
The small details, such the Flamboyant Gothic bell tower, to the lettering on a cornerstone, Christ Church Cathedral is a fascinating structure. Below, when the bell tower was built in the Early Twentieth Century, a window was blocked up, below.… Continue Reading