I was driving around up near Bob Reuter’s boyhood home when I made a left, and headed down 25th Street. I saw these four houses, each in their own state of deterioration. I snapped a picture, knowing that I had… Continue Reading
Thanks to help from a reader, Mark Baker, I gained access to this wonderful postcard view of the College Park/Hyde Park at what looks to be the turn of the Twentieth Century, which illuminated additional information on the Jewish Home… Continue Reading
Located at Newhouse and 19th Streets in an isolated portion of Hyde Park, the Friedens German Evangelisch Church represents an important aspect of early St. Louis church history. While most Americans do not realize this, Evangelisch in German does not… Continue Reading
Right at the intersection of Main and High Streets, this magnificent church sits in splendid abandonment. It’s strange, since it sits right at the entrance of the West Bluff Historic District. Surely there is a use for it? Perhaps it… Continue Reading
Peoria is really a cool city; architecturally it reminds me of a lot of mid-sized Illinois cities: lots of four-squares and wood, balloon frame houses with interesting ornamentation. Unlike St. Louis, there was never a building code that required all… Continue Reading
Somehow, perhaps merely for sentimental reasons, the owner of the severely damaged, but historic barn on the edge of the sprawl in Washington, Illinois, is still standing.
Due to the increased productivity of farm machinery, there simply is not as much of a need for individual farmsteads. They increasingly are abandoned, their buildings disappearing one by one. The remnants of past higher population density remain, such as… Continue Reading
The house on Pleasantview Road is still standing.
Not much has changed at the Clemens Mansion since the last time I was by, except the weeds are taller and the plywood grayer.
Can you ever tire of looking at the stunning houses surviving along St. Louis Avenue east of Jefferson Avenue? There is barely a single vacant lot, but if some of the abandoned houses are left to deteriorate, there will be. … Continue Reading