I bet you always wondered where Ashton Kutcher was from, didn’t you? The town of Oxford, Iowa, also has some great buildings on its main street as well. I love how the building below has a strange, round window right… Continue Reading
Kalona, Iowa, is buried in the hills southwest of Iowa City, and is famous for its Amish and Mennonite communities. The downtown is small, not terribly ornate, but it is 100% occupied with good stores, including a great bakery. It… Continue Reading
Much to our chagrin, the school in Deer Creek, Illinois, where my family had enjoyed a pancake breakfast twenty years ago, is no more. In a bizarre act, reminiscent of the destruction of the City Palace of Berlin by the… Continue Reading
With the sad demise of the Stuckey’s in Goodfield I had been photographing for several years, I was pleased to discover a run-down member of the chain off of I-55 south of Springfield.
I spotted the roofline of what looked to be a Romanesque and Gothic castle recently, and after a search on Google Maps, I found out what this large, majestic building was. Closed decades ago, it is now low-income apartments. I… Continue Reading
Valhalla Cemetery and its mausoleum are further down St. Charles Rock Road, and feature beautiful architecture as well. This giant portico in the Doric style presents a sense of sturdiness and agelessness towards visitors. I love the figure of the… Continue Reading
Across the road from Oak Grove Cemetery is Lake Charles Cemetery, which could almost be seen as a foil to its long suffering neighbor to the south. Punctuated with a stunning entrance from the 1920’s, the entire grounds are well… Continue Reading
The entrance to the cemetery is guarded by a tall Doric column and a Spanish Revival guardhouse.
One of the more unique buildings I have ever photographed is the Oak Grove Mausoleum on St. Charles Rock Road. It’s been in the news recently, mostly for the wrong reasons. Watch the Channel 4 piece on the cemetery’s woes… Continue Reading