I don’t despise this building, but it was part of a larger plan that ironically was never completed. Its owners forced the demolition of the Ambassador Building, and the crumby, small parking garage could be replaced with more beneficial retail… Continue Reading
After the dramatic implosion of the refrigeration plant at Armour in April, demolition is continuing, slowly but surely. It’s actually interesting to look at the building now, released from the heavy vegetation that normally obscured it. The twin smoke stacks… Continue Reading
No longer the Roberts Orpheum, but back to just the Orpheum, the beauty of the terracotta decoration even on the side of the theater on St. Charles Street is stunning. Here are some details.
The slender Mayfair Hotel, now a member of the Magnolia chain, strikes a narrow profile in downtown St. Louis. But it’s a very beautiful building, with some similarities to the other hotels that popped up here in the Early Twentieth… Continue Reading
Constructed in 1894, 3456 Hawthorne Boulevard would have been considered out of date with the architectural styles of the time. William F. Woerner, its owner, was a prominent lawyer in St. Louis, writing this article about murder and inheritance issues… Continue Reading
Little details like this, the brick relief arch transferring the weight of the wall above this limestone lintel, are what makes the houses of Compton Heights so special.
Apparently, before there was Compton Heights, there was an earlier Compton Heights. Laid out along what was then Pontiac, there were several huge lots facing the Compton Hill Reservoir. And I discovered this all because that wall along Russell Boulevard… Continue Reading
Half timber construction, of fachwerk in German, is bundled under my tag “Tudor Revival,” which is really a style of architecture that dates to the transition from Gothic to Renaissance style in England. It appears throughout St. Louis, often mixed… Continue Reading
Red brick is popular throughout the city east of Grand, but as the urban area moved west, less and less of it appeared on the front facades of houses. In Compton Heights, owners could afford to have the new tan… Continue Reading
Whether influenced by the Romanesque or Renaissance Revival styles, the grand homes of Compton Heights often features turrets, with conical roofs. A little nod to the fortresses these German immigrants saw in their youth?