Buildings always put their best foot forward on the public side, facing the street. But what if they’re on the corner? It’s interesting to see how builders chose to either leave the side largely unadorned, or lightly decorated. Or look,… Continue Reading
Designed by William Rumbold–who also aided in the design of the Old Courthouse–when St. Louis was still in St. Louis County, the giant edifice that was once called the Insane Asylum dominates the southwestern portion of the city, on the… Continue Reading
I love this little one story Italianate house with house; it looks like it just went vacant.
The stunning renovation of the old Cherokee Brewery is continuing, with tuckpointing having removed the ugly red paint that had slathered the building for decades. The brick masonry between the two huge doors will be replaced soon, and the doors… Continue Reading
Then there are whole streets lined with abandoned buildings. There is so much work to do. Please join me for my lecture about the Green Book and St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum, February 16 at 7:00 PM.
Gravois Park, really northern Dutchtown, was sparsely settled after the Civil War. It really didn’t take off until the early years of the Twentieth Century, when the streetcars took German immigrants to their jobs in downtown and elsewhere in the… Continue Reading
Up at the crest of the hill at Arsenal and Gravois, the buildings are affected by the roar of traffic flying by. Widened in the early decades of the Twentieth Century, Gravois is now the equivalent of seven lanes wide… Continue Reading
Hiding in plain sight is a Gothic Revival, board and batten house, clearly visible on Compton and Dry from 1876. The date of 1914 on the City’s website is clearly wrong. Special thanks for David Conradsen and Lynn Josse for… Continue Reading
This rare, board and batten, or “Carpenter” Gothic Revival house sits on the northern edge of Carondelet, a survivor from long ago. It was brought to my attention by David Conradsen and Lynn Josse. Simplifying the Gothic arch with two… Continue Reading