Supposedly Belleville has the longest Main Street in America. I don’t know if that’s true, but it does have some amazing surviving neon signs from the golden age of that advertising art, such as this example just to the west… Continue Reading
The Hofbrauhaus is finally open on the western reaches of Belleville! All this next week and a little of the following I will return to the historic county seat of St. Clair County.
I came across this giant church just off of Route 13 in Belleville, tucked back in a neighborhood of ranch houses.
I finally made it over to Signal Hill, which sits in the undulating landscape of the bluffs that tower over the American Bottom opposite St. Louis. A wonderful, eclectic mix of houses greets the visitor.
Granvue Drive overlooks the bluffs that rise up above the American Bottoms, right at the far southeast corner of East St. Louis where Belleville touches its neighbor to the northwest. Stately houses, such as those seen in Webster Groves or… Continue Reading
The Christ the King Chapel sits one floor below the Mary Chapel, and since the shrine is built into a natural amphitheater, opens onto a back parking lot. The decorative scheme seems to show the Stations of the Cross. I… Continue Reading
I was in the neighborhood, so I stopped by the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, without snow like the last time I was there. It’s a great building, and is always deserted when I visit.
The Cathedral of St. Peter, the head church of the Diocese of Belleville, sits to the south of downtown. It is a Gothic Revival edifice, but with some interesting (strange?) Modernist renovations. Perhaps what is most notable is the lack… Continue Reading
Update: Demolished at some point before June of 2019, when I revisited the site. Adam Gintz, the founder of the Western Brewery of Belleville (not to be confused with Adam Lemp’s Western Brewery) lived in this house before moving up… Continue Reading