Koyaanisqatsi (from the Hopi language), noun. 1. crazy life. 2. life in turmoil. 3. life out of balance. 4. life disintegrating. 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living. The metal beasts struggled and roared, seething… Continue Reading
With permission, we examined the last remnants of Bethlehem Lutheran, where demolition is almost complete. The tower is staying for the time being. There is a strange, surreal aspect to the tower standing all along by itself. It is still… Continue Reading
So it finally happened; Bethlehem Lutheran “collapsed” one night. Demolition seems to be on hold, though. Update: Demolition completed in August of 2014.
One sunny morning I decided to take pictures of a couple of Hyde Park churches I normally photograph in the afternoon. The morning light, particularly on the front of the abandoned Bethlehem Lutheran, was spectacular. Update: Bethlehem Lutheran was demolished in… Continue Reading
It looks like the roof over the crossing is starting to sag even more than before, but I’m not sure. I hope this church will survive to the day when it can be properly restored by a caring owner. Update:… Continue Reading
Bethlehem Lutheran’s owners apparently want to tear the church down, but lack the money to do so. Thank God, as it is an incredibly beautiful church that should still be here when Hyde Park rebounds, of which it is already… Continue Reading
I decided to get out and photograph some new places on the North Side, and check up on some old favorites. While I was inspired by some grand new buildings and some great little secrets, overall I was greatly disheartened… Continue Reading
Update: Demolished in the summer of 2014.
First of all, I apologize for the delay in substantive posts; I’ve not had the chance to photograph new material in a while… Largely through two websites, Built St. Louis and Preservation Research Office, I have become fascinated with North… Continue Reading