Built in 1911 according to the designs of the famous Mauran, Russell & Crowell, the old Laclede Gas Building is not the largest historic building in downtown, but its use of terracotta, and tan brick give it a nice appearance.
Easily one of the largest and tallest of downtown’s historic core, the Syndicate Trust is one of my favorite buildings in the city. Restored several years ago, it looks ready for another one hundred years.
The Jefferson Arms is massive, and will require a complex plan to get it back open. Actually two buildings, the original and an expansion, it has been vacant for many years. The elaborate cornice will have to be rebuilt, as… Continue Reading
The Casa Loma Ballroom continues to be a landmark on Cherokee Street. While the Cinderella continues the replacement of its original terracotta. But an old Anheuser-Busch pub still sits in limbo, its owner holding out.
Lafayette Avenue, long replaced by I-44, is lined with some stunning houses on it, and its side streets. Above is a funeral parlor, probably built for that function. Above, this stately Second Empire mansion sits in the trees; I’ll come… Continue Reading
For better or for worse, the government of East St. Louis lacks the money to tear down its sturdy abandoned buildings. For right now, the old Broadview Hotel is still standing, with hopes of it reopening in its original use.… Continue Reading
The University of Northern Iowa offers a fascinating ensemble of Early Twentieth Century academic buildings arranged around a quadrangle with a relatively unified architectural style and program that lasted until the 1960s when Modernist additions began to appear. Seerley Hall,… Continue Reading
Waterlooo, Iowa is a textbook example of how cities have purposely sabotaged themselves through an unquestioning belief in the suburbanization of America. The city once had a thriving downtown, anchored by Black’s Department Store, but in a fit of stupidity,… Continue Reading
Opening in 1927 according to the designs of Preston Bradshaw, the Versailles was built by Wilson-Koontz, reflecting the boom in the 1920s for apartment living.