This house shows the density at which St. Louis was built. Taking into consideration the street and alley, the house is a wedged shaped pile of brick. No one would fit a house so elegantly into the street grid like… 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
Last week, I went to the grand opening of the new Fields Foods grocery store, which sits in the remnants of the Bohemian Hill neighborhood. Sliced, diced and demolished into a shadow of itself over the last seventy years, the… Continue Reading
The vibrant, fully occupied town square in Fairfield raises an interesting quandary; many of its buildings no longer possess their historic fronts, but they still house operating businesses. Is architectural uniformity and beauty more important than a healthy city? Certainly… Continue Reading
I was alerted by friends and readers of this website of a fascinating lacuna from the history of the New Cathedral and its relationship to the Central West End. Several decades ago, the Archdiocese bought approximately twenty feet of the… Continue Reading
This Second Empire alley house is all that is left of nearly a whole block of St. Louis Place. It’s hard to imagine that there was once the need for people to build houses along the alleys considering that nowadays… Continue Reading
I find alleys fascinating, because they’re where the city lets its guard down.
Update: I revisited the house in the third photo in July of 2018. At a newly renovated storefront on Jefferson at Winnebago, Sump Coffee is a perfect example of individuals in St. Louis not waiting for huge “silver bullet” developments… Continue Reading
I love the streets and alleys of Benton Park West, where there’s so much potential.