Lancaster, Schuyler County

Lancaster is the small county seat of Schuyler County, due north of Kirksville on US Highway 63. As with many of the small, sparsely populated counties, Schuyler County required the rebuilding of its courthouse, designed by Kenneth von Aachen. Relatively… Continue Reading


Peoria State Hospital, Bartonville Outbuildings and Cemetery

Around the corner from the main administration building, there are your standard institutional buildings that I’ve seen at other hospitals around Illinois. I’m not sure what they were used for originally; were they dorms, or work spaces? I think they… Continue Reading


East Side of Francis Park, St. Louis Hills

Single family houses return to the east side of Francis Park, with simplified versions of earlier revival styles popular throughout St. Louis history. It almost seems if builders were responding to the dictates of Modernism as they simplified and streamlined… Continue Reading


North Side of Francis Park, St. Louis Hills

Heading clockwise around Francis Park, we encounter this little Orthodox church, and then a string of apartment buildings on the north side of the park. Like their Nineteenth Century ancestors, I always remark at what great lengths builders go in… Continue Reading