This beautiful, well-maintained church looks like it could fit in Webster Groves. It is actually off of State Street, in far eastern East St. Louis. It was a Presbyterian Church, originally.
The stone is worn off and eroded too much, but this was once a Baptist church, that is now abandoned. Thick undergrowth, which has started to lose its leaves, obscure much of the complex. Sometime in the 1960s, they added… Continue Reading
The old parish school of St. Elizabeth’s is still standing, but it looks like it might be damaged as well. The stunning rectory is still standing, right next to the burned out church. The school building must have been even… Continue Reading
Christ Redeemed Missionary Baptist Church, formerly St. Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic Church, was gutted by fire back in January 2017. The heat of the fire is evident in the the melted steel trusses. Such a sad loss.
Churches are a point of pride in East St. Louis, and they are often the last building standing in some neighborhoods. They are community centers, and provide hope in the thick forests of the city. This is Fifteenth Street Baptist… Continue Reading
Update: Moved into storage in June 2018; there is a grassroots effort to replace it with a new monument in nearby Jones Park. Read about how you can help here at St. Louis Magazine. I hadn’t been by Jones Park… Continue Reading
I stumbled across this public housing complex in northern East St. Louis. It is extremely isolated, and it was surprising to be driving around two story houses, and heavy undergrowth, to all of the sudden see these manila brick-colored apartments… Continue Reading
Update: Sara Levin provided the name of the company. The business has been renamed Venator, apparently, and continues in other locations. East St. Louis used to be an economic power house, full of factories, stockyards and power plants creating a… Continue Reading
I went back over to Exchange Avenue to see what has been happening on the border between the old stockyards and East St. Louis. Much of what I photographed in the earlier post is now gone. I saw some houses… Continue Reading
I came across this giant church just off of Route 13 in Belleville, tucked back in a neighborhood of ranch houses.