A friend introduced me to a fascinating block of houses whose construction, unlike much of the city, spanned at least four decades. It is the 4700 block of Cote Brilliante, in what is sometimes called the Kingsway East neighborhood. I… Continue Reading
Last year, during the controversial demolition of the historic Rock Hill Presbyterian Church, I predicted that the addition of yet another gas station in the small stretch of Manchester Road controlled by Rock Hill would prove fatal for the older,… Continue Reading
Dating from 1848, this old Italianate farmhouse, like others throughout the city, was later surrounded by the rest of Tower Grove East; its fate continues to lie in limbo.
The old stone house in Lafayette Square is not doing well; little has changed since I photographed it back in late 2011.
Amazing how a change of seasons and the passage of over half a year can change a building. The old farmhouse outside of Washington, Illinois, is still clinging to life, but as you can see from earlier pictures, there has… Continue Reading
One of Paul McKee’s houses in Old North St. Louis went up in flames last week. No one knows how. I realized I had featured this house, or at least its trash-strewn side-lot, in a post four years ago.
What I try to convey to people about the built environment in St. Louis is not just simply the aesthetic quality of its architecture, but the fascinating stories behind each building. Take the German Freethinkers’ Hall on St. Louis Place… Continue Reading
We all knew the end was coming soon; when the news reports of angry neighbors bemoaning the precarious condition of the Winkelmann Mansion in its seriously damaged state began circulating, I knew that one of my favorite structures in the… Continue Reading
There’s been some clear deterioration of the top of the southern smokestack at the Armour Meat Packing Plant. Compare this photo with this one, from several years ago. I guess it’s only a matter of time when the crumbling bricks… Continue Reading
My continued examination of the St. Louis Place neighborhood brought me back up north last weekend. Still trimmed with piles of snow, I saw that many buildings had suffered over the winter. I’ve always been intrigued by this row of… Continue Reading