My pictures will begin to have more blue sky in them, hopefully. This photograph was taken from Vanderburgh Avenue, one of the shortest streets in St. Louis, showing the now vanished YMCA on South Grand. It will be replaced by… Continue Reading
And here are the rest, including this Second Empire house above, and this ghost building left on the wall of its still standing neighbor below. This house below is in bad shape, with other abandonment nearby. It guess this house… Continue Reading
Update: Identified by readers as the old St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ. I do not know the story behind this church; some sources say this was Our Lady of Mount Carmel, but that does not seem to be right,… Continue Reading
At the intersection of Bittner and Switzer are a couple of houses that seem fortified against the nearby train tracks and cut-through traffic. I think these houses are occupied. Then there are these two well-kept Colonial Revival houses.
The architecture of the West End, just north of the Loop, is stunning. I can’t believe city government decided to “disinvest” this area, ie “give up on.” There are still so many beautiful houses and they are just sitting here,… Continue Reading
There was a perfectly fine Colonial Revival house on this property, which is a valuable parcel of land that includes land for horses and a large stable. The house has been under construction now for quite a while, and building… Continue Reading
The old “Home for the Friendless” is getting new life; I the renovation looks very nice from the outside. This is a perfect place for senior apartments, close to the interstate so relatives can visit quickly.
Update: The bank building has now been demolished. I was shocked to discover the old bank building, the only survivor from the demolition of River Roads Mall, has in turn fallen vacant, and rapidly deteriorating.
The University of Northern Iowa offers a fascinating ensemble of Early Twentieth Century academic buildings arranged around a quadrangle with a relatively unified architectural style and program that lasted until the 1960s when Modernist additions began to appear. Seerley Hall,… Continue Reading