The old Shriners’ Hospital, still receiving the finishing touches on its renovation in this photograph, is now open as apartments. Senior citizens interested in taking my OASIS class on Fifteenth Century Italian Renaissance art can sign up for the three… Continue Reading
As Barnes and Washington University Medical grew rapidly after World War II, they built and purchased Modernist buildings that were going up in the central corridor of the City, along streets such as Lindell Boulevard and Forest Park Avenue. Old… Continue Reading
People have been hyperventilating for years that this wonderful Spanish Colonial Revival building, which was built for a school that served the deaf, was going to be torn down. It is obviously being renovated right now, so everyone can calm… Continue Reading
The giant megaplex of hospitals that now make up one of the most prestigious and effective medical communities in the world was once a wealthy and upper middle class neighborhood. A few of those houses still stand, though they are… Continue Reading
A long time ago, Kingshighway went straight north, and the doglegged right in front of Barnes Hospital, before turning right in front of Forest Park (did you know technically there are a couple of acres of Forest Park east of… Continue Reading
Designed by Sarmiento, the Archdiocese Chancery is a unique building, much more adorned that the AAA further east on Lindell. The small details, like the paving stones above, and the door handle below, show that Modernism is not always devoid… Continue Reading
The New Cathedral is an interesting mix of architectural styles: there are certainly elements of hulking German or French Romanesque Revival on the exterior, but there are also Byzantine elements that remind me of the church of Hagia Sophia in… Continue Reading
Opened in 1931 according to plans by George W. Sanger, the Cole School is one of the few schools built after the golden days of Ittner and Milligan. It’s occupied and in good shape.
The eastern end of the Central West End, on streets such as Enright, are lined with just as beautiful houses as the western half. The lack of development is surprising considering its location in the central corridor of the city.… Continue Reading
Delmar is a traffic sewer, whose current design only encourages speeding and further separation of the city into north and south. Pedestrians have always made great cities great.