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Fredericktown and Mine La Motte, Madison County

Fredericktown is the picturesque county seat of Madison County, Missouri, south of St. Louis quite a ways in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. It was the site of a Civil War battle due to the nearby lead mines needed… Continue Reading

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Demolition, Lansdowne Towers

They’ve begun to tear down the Brenton Tower, one of four public housing apartment buildings part of the Lansdowne Towers, located in the northeastern portion of East St. Louis. I’d been by here before, almost exactly two years ago, and… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 11: Nebraska Avenue Between Keokuk and Chippewa Streets

Unfortunately, crossing over Keokuk, an abandoned and trash early Twentieth Century service station, and its sprawling, invasive and vacant parking lot waste a full third of the block heading up to Chippewa Street. But after the end of the parking… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 8: Nebraska Avenue Between Meramec and Gasconade Streets

Starting at Meramec Avenue and heading north on Nebraska Avenue, there is a whole wealth of beautiful single family houses. I suspect their close proximity to the former Maryville College south of Meramec means they might have some sort of… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 7, Keokuk Street Between Nebraska and Ohio Avenues

The east-west “Indian Tribe” streets in Dutchtown have a totally different feel from their north-south “State Streets” neighbors. The houses seem to have a much wider variety, do not seem to have been built in tracts, and have a wider… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 4, Iowa Avenue Between Chariton and Meramec Streets

Iowa Avenue between Chariton and Meramec streets has some of the best Second Empire houses in Dutchtown, but it also has some other gems as well, such as this nice two-family apartment building above, or this unique wood frame house… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 3, California Avenue Between Osage and Keokuk Streets

On California Avenue in between Osage and Keokuk streets, some detective work was needed. Why are the houses several decades newer than the red brick buildings around them in Dutchtown, and why are they subsiding so badly? Compton and Dry’s… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 2, California Avenue Between Gasconade and Osage Streets

Starting at Gasconade Street and heading north on California Avenue, there is a wonderful row of Second Empire buildings, with a storefront on the corner, and then two houses next door. Above, on another corner of the intersection, some competent… Continue Reading

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North St. Louis, Late Summer, 2019

I met new people all over North St. Louis this summer, including members of the congregation of the Original Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in the Ville neighborhood, on St. Louis Avenue. Better Family Life had organized dozens of churches to… Continue Reading