The Saint Louis Art Museum Sculpture Hall is influenced by the Baths of Caracalla, but it’s also inspired by the Basilica of Constantine and Maxentius, which is one of my favorite buildings in the Roman Forum. It is mostly collapsed from… Continue Reading
I constantly see things in North St. Louis that wouldn’t be allowed in other parts of the city. For example, the street here is just busted up with no warning markers.
I’m always intrigued at how downtowns adapted in the 1950s and 60s to the rise of Modernist strip malls and shopping centers in the suburbs. One of the most common tactics, done in downtown St. Louis, as well as downtowns… Continue Reading
To commemorate the bridge’s closure for repairs in the fall of 2018, I thought I would photograph the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge, which has the distinction of being the first bridge built at St. Louis strictly for automobile… Continue Reading
These four-family apartment buildings sit right on N. Florissant Avenue, just south of Salisbury Street in Hyde Park. They are right on a major thoroughfare, but despite or because of it, they sit abandoned and trashed.
There are some very old houses behind St. Liborius on Monroe Street in between 18th Street and N. Florissant Avenue, and some of them are still occupied. But others, sadly, are not, and they could be such great houses, only… Continue Reading
I know many of my readers are not thrilled with the current owners of St. Liborius, but I do want everyone to consider what happens to buildings with huge maintenance expenses that are abandoned. Taken for example the rectory, which… Continue Reading
The only positive thing I can say about the demolition of the beautiful apartment buildings on Branch Street, cut off from viability in the 1950s by the interstate, is that I thought the small corner building on the end would be… Continue Reading
A year ago, these houses on Laflin Avenue in JeffVanderLou were in acceptable shape, even though they had been abandoned for a long time. I was shocked to drive by in the last week of August to discover that someone… Continue Reading
The Basilica of Great Saint Lawrence is one of the most important churches in the world you’ve never heard of. It sits across what is now a plaza, but was once crowded with houses, from the Colonnade of St. Lawrence.… Continue Reading