At the corner of 9th Street and Lucas Avenue.
I don’t despise this building, but it was part of a larger plan that ironically was never completed. Its owners forced the demolition of the Ambassador Building, and the crumby, small parking garage could be replaced with more beneficial retail… Continue Reading
No longer the Roberts Orpheum, but back to just the Orpheum, the beauty of the terracotta decoration even on the side of the theater on St. Charles Street is stunning. Here are some details.
The slender Mayfair Hotel, now a member of the Magnolia chain, strikes a narrow profile in downtown St. Louis. But it’s a very beautiful building, with some similarities to the other hotels that popped up here in the Early Twentieth… Continue Reading
The former Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, built and dedicated between 141-161 AD provides an excellent example of how Western Civilization has responded to its ancient past. After falling into disrepair, it was converted into the church of San Lorenzo… Continue Reading
The Railway Exchange in October 2015 is largely vacant.
Designed by John Mauran, and clearly built in two stages that are remarkably consistent, the Old Stix, Baer and Fuller Department Store has been reborn in a wonderful renovation. Showing influence of both Beaux-Arts architecture as well as the influence… Continue Reading
After writing my recent St. Louis Magazine article about Centenary United Methodist Church, one of the oldest continually operating congregations in downtown St. Louis, and in the city in general, I became interested in the synagogue that backed right up… Continue Reading