I met new people all over North St. Louis this summer, including members of the congregation of the Original Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in the Ville neighborhood, on St. Louis Avenue. Better Family Life had organized dozens of churches to… Continue Reading
I think it’s important to realize that not all mausolea at Bellefontaine Cemetery are Beaux-Arts masterpieces. Some look like they could have come from the hills of Ireland, and landed in the middle of St. Louis. Likewise, not all obelisks… Continue Reading
Well, I’ll be darned! Last winter I featured the tragically abandoned Vine Grove Avenue (posts one and two), and lo and behold, the most deteriorated houses were demolished in mid September. From the looks of it, the vast majority of… Continue Reading
If anyone asks me the neighborhood that has been hit the hardest by racism, predatory banking policies, redlining and failed government actions, it would easily be JeffVanderLou (though in time at the current rate, other neighborhoods in St. Louis and… Continue Reading
What I love about Bellefontaine Cemetery is all the serendipitous discoveries I make, such as stumbling upon the Adolf (or Adolph) Moll monument and his large family plot on the northern edge of the cemetery. It turns out he was… Continue Reading
Caspar Koehler, the father of Ellie, the second wife of William Lemp, Jr., was a brewer, and her first husband, Rudolph Limberg, was the president of the Columbia Brewing Co. Their son, Edward, died in 1939, a year and a… Continue Reading
East of Kingshighway, in and near the western tail of the upside-down U-shaped Greater Ville neighborhood, there is a lot of abandonment, just a couple of blocks off of Martin Luther King Drive. Further west, in the Wellston Loop, there… Continue Reading
Following up on my “North up Blair” post, I took a different route to see how other buildings were faring in the late summer in the neighborhoods hugging Interstate 70. First up was Old North, where I confirmed from old… Continue Reading
The Lemp Mausoleum is less than half full, and probably will be forever. See the inside at this earlier post here.
I’ve been coming by the Wainwright Tomb (designed by Louis Sullivan for the same man as the office building downtown) for over a decade, and it’s interesting to see how it’s changed over the years.