Designed by William Rumbold–who also aided in the design of the Old Courthouse–when St. Louis was still in St. Louis County, the giant edifice that was once called the Insane Asylum dominates the southwestern portion of the city, on the… Continue Reading
I don’t really remember what this building was, but it was a salvage business at some point, judging by the sign. It is a mess, and the roof has collapsed, like a see-saw. Why, I don’t know. Apparently they also… Continue Reading
I feel like I’ve photographed these wood frame houses before. They’re continuing to deteriorate, sadly. An MHDC application has been made for the house on the right. Look at the terracotta detailing on that house on the left! I will… Continue Reading
Yes, there is a slaughter house left in the City of St. Louis. Now known as Star Packing, it was once, based off of ghost signs also known as United Meat Co., among others. This was apparently, based off of… Continue Reading
Crestwood Mall is disappearing, but the recent demolition of the “front” of the mall, built in 1984 opposite the original strip mall shops, has reappeared, temporarily. Most fascinating to me, the curved original facade of the Sears, one of the… Continue Reading
I don’t expect salvation for the historic Reservoir Market, but it is still standing for the time being.
Adrienne Davis’s former adult daycare, driven out of business by the City of St. Louis, sits vacant. It will be torn down soon for the new spy agency.
I come back to the MacArthur Bridge’s Missouri approaches frequently, as the giant steel lattice makes for great pictures.
I wonder what that crane is doing, I asked one weekend. A week or two later, I received my answer. The massive smoke stacks of the Ashley Street Power Plant are being replaced, and these rusty remnants are the old… Continue Reading
Despite the assurances of plenty of nay-sayers, the abandoned Arlington School, which I photographed in 2009, could be saved and is now impeccably restored. Tasteful in-fill has been added around the old school.