It’s easy to miss the beautiful bank on the southeast corner of the bustling intersection of Jefferson and Gravois. Originally constructed in 1925, it was renovated in 1956, and the annex, now a separate business, was built in 1979
This building, facing Jefferson, will be torn down soon for the new NGA site. Look at the attention to beauty and detail so lacking from buildings today.
Famous for the long extension of its plot to protect the view of the mausoleum from the road, the Pierce Mausoleum contains some amazing bronzework. These lion footed torcheres flank the entrance. And the front doors contain these stunning lions… Continue Reading
I’ve always enjoyed the unique design of the Westlake Mausoleum, set out by itself and with a huge swath of grass in its plot. The typefont is also interesting.
I wonder what that crane is doing, I asked one weekend. A week or two later, I received my answer. The massive smoke stacks of the Ashley Street Power Plant are being replaced, and these rusty remnants are the old… Continue Reading
A giant factory came into view, across a vacant lot which seems to have been part of the company grounds. The stunning Leschen Wire Rope Company, which later moved to St. Joseph and now seems to be largely defunct, once… Continue Reading
Have you ever wanted to own your own bombed-out, utterly destroyed nursing home? You can, if the price is right. Bidding ended December 8, but I’m sure if you called them they’d be willing to talk. The long-suffering Jewish Orthodox… Continue Reading
It’s not the most famous building in downtown, but I still think it has some of the most creative terracotta in the whole city. Often shrouded in the shadows of its neighbors, the Mark Twain still shines in white and… Continue Reading
A church in St. Louis never just a building with a sanctuary in it. It was an entire complex, or even campus, in some instances. The church would have a parsonage, or office for the priest or pastor. And schools… Continue Reading