Kirksville, Revisited

Over thirteen years have passed since I graduated Truman State and left Kirksville and Northeast Missouri.  It’s been almost exactly a year since I last visited, when I gave a series of lectures about a series of topics, including this… Continue Reading


Embarrassing Blight on One of the Most Important Thoroughfares in St. Louis

Update: The last public housing tower was demolished in 2015. Imagine, instead of the Church’s Chicken, stately mansions once sitting on this exact stretch of North Grand just blocks from Powell Hall.  Luckily, some of those houses still exist, but… Continue Reading


2,000th Post: In Search of Bob Reuter

Above: Bob Reuter’s boyhood home in the Fairgrounds neighborhood. I always go back and take a mental inventory of where I was when a friend of mine passes away.  What was going on, and did I feel anything different?  I… Continue Reading


Maritz and Young Lecture This Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 7:00 PM, Missouri History Museum

Update: This event has already passed. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a review copy of the Missouri History Museum’s publication, The Architecture of Maritz and Young: Exceptional Historic Homes of St. Louis, by Kevin Amsler and L. John Schott. … Continue Reading


Carson Pirie Scott: A Solution for the Railway Exchange Building

What will we do with the giant empty hulk of the Railway Exchange Building?  It seems that the age of the august department store in downtown is over, because, despite angry nostalgia when they close, nobody shops at them.  My… Continue Reading