Built in 1902, the railroad bridge over the Cedar River at Nashua is a gem. It’s surprising to see such a massive, concrete arched bridge–it looks very old-fashioned for the technology of the early Twentieth Century. The remnants of the… Continue Reading
Northeastern Iowa along the Cedar River is interesting; the whole area is dominated by the river valley. There is still a railroad through the town and a grain elevator. I was impressed by the Roman Catholic Church in town, St.… Continue Reading
The University of Northern Iowa offers a fascinating ensemble of Early Twentieth Century academic buildings arranged around a quadrangle with a relatively unified architectural style and program that lasted until the 1960s when Modernist additions began to appear. Seerley Hall,… Continue Reading
Waterlooo, Iowa is a textbook example of how cities have purposely sabotaged themselves through an unquestioning belief in the suburbanization of America. The city once had a thriving downtown, anchored by Black’s Department Store, but in a fit of stupidity,… Continue Reading
These two houses will be demolished soon; they would go for hundreds of thousands in Soulard. But they were doomed by being built north of Delmar. This house will survive, and sits along St. Louis Place Park. I like the… Continue Reading
Built in 1929 according to plans by Frank Avis, and built by Modern Construction Company at the behest of developers Skinker Northwood Investment Company, this apartment building, now condos, exemplifies the high-rises going up around the city after World War… Continue Reading
Continuing the trend of using desirable real estate across from Forest Park, the Dorchester opened in 1961, developed by Tracco Skinker and Compagne.
Opening in 1927 according to the designs of Preston Bradshaw, the Versailles was built by Wilson-Koontz, reflecting the boom in the 1920s for apartment living.