Update: I learned in September of 2018 there may be hope for the beleaguered Sara Lou building.
Over three years ago, my friends and I came across one of the most architecturally harmonious intersections in the city: Sarah and St. Louis Avenue. Sara Lou Cafe, named after the intersection, was long an institution in the Ville. But with the death of the owner a year or two ago, and the closure of the restaurant years before, the building has fallen on hard times.
The sign, while not original to the eclectic building, is still a standout and an excellent example of Twentieth Century neon sign design.
The plywood has gone up since my first examination of the building, and it is sadly not surprising; this building is in increasingly bad shape.
Around on the Sarah side, one can see the horrible bulge out of the bay window on the second floor; I would not be surprised if it collapses this winter.
I always loved this porch; think of the time and money that went into building it originally. Someone truly had pride when they built this building.
Across Sarah is another of the buildings on the corner; it is in excellent shape, though abandoned. In fact, it seems all the four corners are now abandoned, which was not the case just a few years ago.