While there is still much good left in Cairo, the truth is that much of the town is devastated. We’ll leave town with this survey of some of the abandonment we saw.
Italianate and Second Empire architecture dominates Millionaires’ Row, the grouping of lavish houses on Washington Avenue down the street from Magnolia Manor. This house, with its clean red brick, was my favorite. This Georgian Revival-esque house was probably one of… Continue Reading
Commercial Avenue is really where Cairo’s history turns dark and tragic. The desolation that dominates the lower east side of the peninsula shows in the photo above. Though several blocks away, I could capture a clear shot of the remaining… Continue Reading
From the Roman Catholic church above, to more humble buildings such as the abandoned, wood frame church below, the wealth and population is exhibited in Cairo’s churches.
I finally made it to Cairo, Illinois with my father last week. I have to admit, while I was prepared to see what many of my friends have already been documenting for years, I was struck how much more there… Continue Reading
I traveled to southern Illinois to visit the town of Cairo, a city in many ways that could have been so much more, but was destroyed by its flaws.
It never ceases to amaze me that the fortunes of a neighborhood can be so finite across ward boundaries, as they are in the Central West End. Look at these houses; they would go for a fortune south of here,… Continue Reading
Almost a year since the last time I photographed it, the house at Cook and Whittier is holding on.
The eclectic nature of the area’s architecture continues on the northern end of the residential area. There was a Jewish population in the neighborhood for a while, as this former synagogue attests. Folsom Avenue is dominated by the gigantic Liggett-Meyers… Continue Reading