I was shocked to discover the old bank building, the only survivor from the demolition of River Roads Mall, has in turn fallen vacant, and rapidly deteriorating.
A friend of mine, Scott, told me he had stumbled across my previous posts on the Lewis and Clark Tower, which has now languished in abandonment for a couple of years. The appearance and condition of the tower has declined,… Continue Reading
So, in one of the first times I have been rendered speechless, Lismore Avenue has just received two new curbs cuts. Mind you, there is no one living on this block, and there is little reason why anyone would walk… Continue Reading
Hiding in plain sight is a Gothic Revival, board and batten house, clearly visible on Compton and Dry from 1876. The date of 1914 on the City’s website is clearly wrong. Special thanks for David Conradsen and Lynn Josse for… Continue Reading
This rare, board and batten, or “Carpenter” Gothic Revival house sits on the northern edge of Carondelet, a survivor from long ago. It was brought to my attention by David Conradsen and Lynn Josse. Simplifying the Gothic arch with two… Continue Reading
A Beaux-Arts architect left nothing to chance, assiduously designing every aspect of a commission. Even the lamppost, such as the one above, received first class treatment, and was not purchased on-line from Home Depot. The flag pole, above and below,… Continue Reading
The main portal, with archways inspired by the Barberini Palace, possesses important names from literature. The largest names: Goethe, Milton and Racine, represent the major languages of St. Louis, German, English and French. In the roundels below those three names,… Continue Reading
The details and craftsmanship of the Central Library shows in things such as the balustrade, or the bronze work, or the terrazzo vaulting.
The Central Library, by Cass Gilbert, is a masterpiece of the Beaux-Arts style, a triumph of combining ancient influences from Greece and Rome, with the best of the Italian Renaissance. The main branch of the St. Louis Public Library system… Continue Reading
Built for Eastman Kodak, this small building that now houses the Thaxton on Olive Street shows that not all wonderful buildings in downtown are huge. Some are quite small, and quite beautiful.