The Jefferson Arms is massive, and will require a complex plan to get it back open. Actually two buildings, the original and an expansion, it has been vacant for many years. The elaborate cornice will have to be rebuilt, as… Continue Reading
The Casa Loma Ballroom continues to be a landmark on Cherokee Street. While the Cinderella continues the replacement of its original terracotta. But an old Anheuser-Busch pub still sits in limbo, its owner holding out.
I love the architecture of Benton Park West, with its stately Second Empire architecture. Look at this house, with its second and third floors sticking out, or look at the beautiful terracotta ornament below.
The quiet blocks of Fox Park, just north of Russell Blvd and south of I-44, feature a bevy of beautiful houses from as early as the 1870s to the early Twentieth Century. Below, houses I might expect to see in… Continue Reading
Seriously, why does this house still sit here empty like this? Most of the houses around it are occupied.
Originally featured two years ago; they don’t get around to cleaning stuff up very fast up this way.
If I could accomplish anything, it would be convincing people how beautiful the houses built right after the Civil War were: urban, compact, and useful. As it is, these wonderful houses will end up as piles of rubble, as part… Continue Reading
The congregation moved across the intersection to a new building. They do not seem to be using the old church.
I don’t think anyone has every really figured out what the story is about this towering power plant buried in the thick undergrowth on the south side of East St. Louis. It looks to be made out of reinforced concrete,… Continue Reading
For better or for worse, the government of East St. Louis lacks the money to tear down its sturdy abandoned buildings. For right now, the old Broadview Hotel is still standing, with hopes of it reopening in its original use.… Continue Reading