It looks like an alien spaceship came down and stole the old Strassberger’s Conservatory, a relic of the thriving German American community in St. Louis Place one hundred years ago.
The survivalist compound is doing fine on N. Market Street. The vacant gas station at St. Louis Avenue and Parnell, where a homeless couple died in a fire years ago, has not changed. Update: The church above was demolished in… Continue Reading
These Second Empire houses are holding up well; they could easily be rehabbed despite being abandoned. This one could probably be, too, if Paul McKee would sell it to a rehabber. I’ve asked this question numerous times, but it still… Continue Reading
It drives me crazy to see these beautiful houses sitting like this, held hostage by McKee first (he’s apparently toast now) and the Quixotic quest for the Defense Mapping Agency. Even in their abandoned, deteriorating state, forsaken by their city,… Continue Reading
I love what Paul McKee has done with this property. It didn’t look like this when he first bought it with one of his shell companies. While it wasn’t in perfect shape, there was still hope back in 2010.
This building has changed little since I photographed it above several years ago. It looked like it received new windows recently, but then the owner seems to have given up. Last weekend, I discovered above and below that someone had… Continue Reading
Who doesn’t love a little old fashioned anti-McKee graffiti now and then?
Almost exactly five years after I wrote this post, nothing is happening on the McKee owned property on Wright Street. It was a nominally healthy block until he got a hold of it.