It’s always interesting to take new people to places that I’ve grown accustomed to after multiple visits. Take the small town of Moline Acres, just up 367 from the city. The travails of the Lewis and Clark Tower, which was condemned due to losing its occupancy permit, has become the target of scrappers. The local news interviewed officials from the town, and they argue their hands are tied. Well, for starters they might consider cinder-blocking up the front door which sits wide open due to shattered glass panels! My visitors were stunned with the overall dilapidation of the intersection of 367 and Chambers Road. “Where are we?” “This is so depressing!” Yes, that strip mall has been converted into a long term storage facility. Is this the future?
Come see my lecture about the architecture of Louis Sullivan at the Saint Louis Art Museum today, Jan. 8th at 6:00 PM.