JeffVanderLou is easily one of the most devastated and forgotten neighborhoods in the city. Straddling Grand Boulevard, it is not in the news anymore, as there are few people left. This poor church, below, was ravaged by brick thieves years… Continue Reading
Slowly but surely, the slaughterhouse, the last major building left at Armour, is coming down, brick by brick. It’s fascinating, in a sad way, in that the structure of the building is becoming apparent as the walls come down. There… Continue Reading
The Hi-Pointe Theater would never be built today; the corporation would require a giant parking lot, and it would never be located so close to the street. But it was built, and it is still a landmark after all of… Continue Reading
This Christian Scientist church is interesting; it is primarily a Gothic Revival structure, but its front portico has echoes of the Romanesque or even the Renaissance. I also find it interesting, as earlier churches by this denomination had actively rejected… Continue Reading
I am not normally the biggest fan of English Gothic, which so predominates the western side of St. Louis into the county. The original French and its German iteration, always draw my eye to a greater extent. But the setting… Continue Reading
I never realized it, but the old United Hebrew Synagogue on Skinker was a Maritz and Young design from 1927. The strong Moorish inspiration is present in the columns, windows and overall design. The new location, which I realized I… Continue Reading
What is like to live along busy Skinker Boulevard west of Forest Park? There are some cool houses, one in Spanish Revival, while others in more eclectic styles. Many have heavy bushes in front of their houses for privacy.