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Maryland Plaza Between Euclid and Kingshighway, North Side

Now known as Maryland Plaza, the stretch of street between Euclid Avenue and Kingshighway was originally just Maryland Avenue. But it was platted with wide setbacks, and fire insurance maps show that it was known as Maryland Place. The apartment… Continue Reading

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Maryland Avenue Between North Taylor and Euclid Avenues, North Side

Next up is the long block from North Taylor to Euclid avenues, which starts with a double apartment building, which included a storefront on the corner, which could be supported due to the density of the neighborhood. Indeed, at the… Continue Reading

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McPherson Avenue Between North Newstead and Boyle Avenues, North Side

At the northeast corner of North Newstead and McPherson avenues, we see something surprising: an apartment building. It makes me wonder what would have happened to the rest of the block if the population of the Central West End had… Continue Reading

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Demolition, Lansdowne Towers

Update: See the first two towers completely demolished here. They’ve begun to tear down the Brenton Tower, one of four public housing apartment buildings part of the Lansdowne Towers, located in the northeastern portion of East St. Louis. I’d been… Continue Reading

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Under the Viaducts in the Mill Creek Valley, Part 3

There are still some buildings just south of Highway 40 that were designed when Market Street still passed by their northern facades, such as the one above. But when the highway was built after World War II, they suddenly found… Continue Reading

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Checking Up on Far North County

Years ago BeltSTL and I took a drive around Far North County and checked out some old buildings, including this old farmstead. The barns appear to look in good condition, though there has been no progress on finding a new… Continue Reading