Ann Farrar was the wife and mother of many famous St. Louisans, and I really enjoy her mausoleum. There is a burial chamber under the monumental portico in the Tuscan order. Please join me for my lecture about the Green… Continue Reading
The elderly woman who lived here has been on the news over the years, talking about how losing her house to eminent domain would be devastating to her life. She also spoke about the corn fields that Paul McKee let… Continue Reading
The point of this website is to promote the forgotten corners of this city, and I sometimes neglect the more well known places, such as Lafayette Square. But the Second Empire mansions lining Lafayette Square are still spectacular, coming around… Continue Reading
What reinvestment could do for a neighborhood such as Hyde Park, full of small bungalows like the one above, perfect for a first-time home buyers. Little old wood frame houses may be in bad shape, but they represent an important… Continue Reading
I caught Holy Cross Lutheran Church at a perfect time of day, as the late winter light hit its red brick. Please join me for my lecture about the Green Book and St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum, February… Continue Reading
I was intrigued by this burial monument for Franklin and Olivia Day. It is notable to me for seeming to be constructed from soft limestone, so it is one of the earlier monuments in the cemetery, I suspect.
The old factory in Walnut Park, a victim of changing economic and technological times, is being demolished. It was never the most impressive abandoned building, but the weird mix of junk inside was famous.
I love the funky renovations to this old Second Empire store, replete with decorative concrete blocks in the window and the cedar wood paneling above the door. It sits vacant now, obviously.
Senior citizens interested in attending a two-part lecture February 8 and 15 from 10:00-12:00 on the history of St. Louis architecture with Chris Naffziger at OASIS in Clayton can register at this link.
College Hill is always a neighborhood where I feel an intense feeling of sadness. It has beautiful, rolling hills, and great views of the Mississippi River. But it just seems wracked by violence, and there seems little chance of a… Continue Reading