Some parts of the metropolitan region will never be developed hopefully. I had spotted this swath of river bottom north of the Missouri River from Google Maps in the past, and last weekend we drove out and took a look… Continue Reading
Take a look at the two Sanborn maps above and below, showing the Bohemian Hill neighborhood approximately one hundred years ago; note the density, the narrow streets, the alleys lined with houses and businesses. Now take a look at this… Continue Reading
The Grand Hall of the Union Station hotel always impressed me as a child. Coming back as an adult, it still impresses me for different reasons. For a turn of the century, Richardsonian Romanesque building, this hall is one of… Continue Reading
Labeled as the “Liquid Carbonic Co.” on early Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, the building served various functions, looking at the list of labels on the map. Carbonic acid would have presumably been added to the beer to increase its carbonation.… Continue Reading
Stabilized after the ferocious storms that ripped one side of the building off, the Mullanphy Emigrant Home sits awaiting a new use for a new century.
I caught this view of the spire of St. Francis de Sales from ten blocks away, almost to Grand Boulevard.
I wish the western edge had better connections and just a little historic architecture, but it was wiped out in the name of “urban renewal.” At least one building was worth saving, right?
One of the saddest parts of the city of St. Louis are the streets surrounding St. Augustine, in an area heavily destroyed by brick theft and neglect. The church is still stunning, despite showing the ravages of deferred maintenance. The… Continue Reading
My first experience with brick thieves occurred in the eastern part of St. Louis Place, easily the most devastated portion of the city with whole streets and blocks now vacant. Honestly, it’s sickening to see how empty these blocks are… Continue Reading
The southern end of Old North St. Louis is shrouded in tall trees and dense underbrush, but there are still some houses left. At least some of the buildings seem to occupied, and it’s interesting to see how people live… Continue Reading