There are some truly beautiful houses up at the crest of the hill where the Bissell Water Tower stands. They’re in good condition, for the most part, including this old wood frame house below, probably built when this was the… Continue Reading
Have you ever wanted to own your own bombed-out, utterly destroyed nursing home? You can, if the price is right. Bidding ended December 8, but I’m sure if you called them they’d be willing to talk. The long-suffering Jewish Orthodox… Continue Reading
I have a friend whose parents both grew up in Walnut Park. They moved out to the County decades ago. Walnut Park is the neighborhood that permanently took the “rural” out of Bellefontaine Cemetery, and its housing stock looks like… Continue Reading
I find myself drawn back to these old wood frame shotgun houses in the Ville, dating back probably to as early as the 1870s, when this was a rural village named Elleardsville. The African-American middle class was shoved into these… Continue Reading
Designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassebaum, the Gateway Tower opened in 1966.
It’s not the most famous building in downtown, but I still think it has some of the most creative terracotta in the whole city. Often shrouded in the shadows of its neighbors, the Mark Twain still shines in white and… Continue Reading
The block containing the Arcade-Wright and Paul Brown Buildings is the only block with completely preserved historic office buildings. The masterfully restored Arcade-Wright Building, with its distinctive shopping arcade, is one of the most important renovations in the last decade.
I caught the Security Building in the morning light and saw new details I had never noticed before. Take a look at this historic office building, finished just before the dawn of the new era with the completion of the… Continue Reading
This building, like many older office buildings in downtown St. Louis, received a Modernist slipcover in the 1950s or 60s, its owners now ashamed of its historic architecture. The slipcovers have started to come off these old buildings, revealing often… Continue Reading