I love the one story brick bungalows of St. Louis; they’re modest, but they have all the detailing that their two story brothers have. I like to think that each house was just as important as the next, and builders… Continue Reading
The new porch on the Urban Chestnut beer hall on Manchester Avenue provides a great view of the streetscape that is slowing re-emerging along that long neglected section of the Grove.
The poor Murphy Building, suffering now for decades, and constantly under threat of demolition. I actually thought it was doomed two years ago. But my, what an amazing, stunning entrance, with two caryatids holding up the pediment above. Will it… Continue Reading
I revisited Hebert Street in Old North, and it still represents for me the awesome potential, both realized and still unrealized in the neighborhood.
I’ve continued to be interested in the first generation of houses that appeared out Gravois Avenue past Jefferson in the years after the Civil War. They’re often isolated now, sitting amongst the primary period of development in the area in… Continue Reading
I saw this house, sitting in the deep undergrowth, somewhere near Lewis Place; I can’t remember for sure. It’s the last house left on the block practically, and it’s possibly a survivor of a larger row of houses, judging from… Continue Reading
Merchants Ice and Fuel Company was one of numerous companies that provided ice and coal for St. Louisans. Its plant now sits empty, surrounded by various other industrial buildings as well.
Many of my friends and I have long looked at this august row of simple apartments. They sit on the wrong side of the interstate, dooming them to obsolescence. Surely some trucking company will probably come for them at some… Continue Reading
Update: The building above has been demolished. I often tell people that large numbers of people once lived in the areas now east of I-70 and I-55, but that the interstates destroyed their connection to the rest of the city… Continue Reading
I realize that by posting these pictures, I am giving the wrong impression about the overall state of rehabbing and development that is making Old North St. Louis one of the most exciting neighborhoods in the region. But that being… Continue Reading