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
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.
Maple Avenue through the West End shows the beauty of this part of the city north of Delmar. It is sad to see how much is abandoned.
The Peoria Automobile Club is an interesting building in that it is Beaux Arts with some Colonial Revival elements, but constructed out of wood, a rarity among the style. It dates from 1915, and now serves as a pavilion for… Continue Reading
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
Here and there, tucked away off of quiet streets, are little lanes with just a few houses. Clifton Heights, designed by Julius Pitzman, was a planned suburb, laid out over steep hills with winding streets. And it seems, in a… Continue Reading
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
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
I don’t get down to the Southwest corner of St. Louis very often; I tend to stay inside Grand Boulevard. But when I do get down this way, I’m always blown away by the inventiveness and creativity of the architecture.… Continue Reading