I’ve looked at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows over in Belleville twice over the years, first in 2014, when I looked at the Mary Chapel, and then again in 2015, when I looked at the Christ the… Continue Reading
Originally opened in 1916, the old West Belleville Township High School served the entire community, before the size of the population necessitated the breaking off and creation of the East Belleville Township High School in 1966. The old West Belleville… Continue Reading
Does anyone know what this large factory-looking building was originally? It lies on Route 13, which is now South Belt Road West, and South 28th Street. The duplexes in front of the factory above clearly look like workers’ houses, built… Continue Reading
Northwest of downtown Belleville, the housing is distinctly more of the workers’ cottages that I saw around the old Stag Brewery, which is nearby. Many of the houses are still in really good condition, and their owners still take pride… Continue Reading
Heading east down Washington Street from downtown Belleville are a whole ensemble of amazing houses, such as the one seen above, which has been carefully restored. I like this little Romanesque Revival cottage sitting back from the street; it is… Continue Reading
The St. Clair County Jail only has a 2.2 stars out of 5 rating on Google Maps.
Why? Just why did they have to do this to this wonderful Second Empire building?
So this corner tavern has quite the history. The infamous Thomas Venezia, after serving time for the racket he was running over in Washington Park in the 1990s, ran a bar here back in the early 2000s, until he turned… Continue Reading
South of downtown Belleville is an interesting mix of houses, with everything from brick foursquares you might see in Tower Grove South, to below, old Second Empire houses that would fit in down in Carondelet. Some of the best Italianate… Continue Reading
Northeast of downtown Belleville, the housing stock clearly dates to the early Twentieth Century with a mix of different revival styles on larger lots. But it is deeply concerning to me that right in the middle of extremely well-maintained and… Continue Reading