I have always thought that that the proportions and scale of one story houses in St. Louis are more aesthetically pleasing and cogent than their two or three story brethren. They are beautiful little masterpieces, providing a slice of the… Continue Reading
Watch this interview with the local alderman about brick theft in the Ville.
Modernism crept into the Ville a little bit, with this cool apartment building, which interestingly would have probably faced another building in close proximity, and not the current vacant lot. The porches on the end are what make this building… Continue Reading
This house above, an Italianate wood-frame house is surely one of the oldest buildings in the Ville. Below, this fascinating two-family building surely rose along with the Ville’s changing fortunes as the center of African-American life in St. Louis. Again,… Continue Reading
The old age of the Ville shows in the disproportionate number of surviving wood frame houses. Built before brick fire codes reached them, these houses sheltered the first inhabitants of the area when it was miles from the city. Sadly,… Continue Reading
The Ville is one of the oldest neighborhoods in St. Louis, which is surprising in that it is way out past Grand, which was still mostly farmland well into the first decade of the Twentieth Century. But the Ville clearly… Continue Reading
Sadly, as I had suspected, the historic Reservoir Market is suffering further collapse of its front facade. I suppose it is not long for this world. Update: As of Septemver 2016, it still sits in ruins.
This is one of only five or so houses left in the southern end of St. Louis Place. I was saddened to see that it’s starting to collapse. See it back when it was in better shape back in 2012;… Continue Reading