I personally think the Karpeles Manuscript Library can be restored, but I imagine that decision will be up to the insurance company and the owners as to what its future will be. See it the night before, and in better… Continue Reading
The Karpeles Manuscript Library was gutted by fire March 26. I arrived to see the tail end of the conflagration, when fire fighters were helping remove valuable objects from the building. The building was the former Third Christian Scientist Church,… Continue Reading
Hawthorne and Longfellow Boulevards are famous in Compton Heights, branching off as they do from the gates right off of Grand Boulevard, but there’s also Milton Boulevard, which cuts off (and is a two-way street) from Hawthorne over to Nebraska… Continue Reading
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
Constructed in 1894, 3456 Hawthorne Boulevard would have been considered out of date with the architectural styles of the time. William F. Woerner, its owner, was a prominent lawyer in St. Louis, writing this article about murder and inheritance issues… Continue Reading
Little details like this, the brick relief arch transferring the weight of the wall above this limestone lintel, are what makes the houses of Compton Heights so special.
Apparently, before there was Compton Heights, there was an earlier Compton Heights. Laid out along what was then Pontiac, there were several huge lots facing the Compton Hill Reservoir. And I discovered this all because that wall along Russell Boulevard… Continue Reading
Half timber construction, of fachwerk in German, is bundled under my tag “Tudor Revival,” which is really a style of architecture that dates to the transition from Gothic to Renaissance style in England. It appears throughout St. Louis, often mixed… Continue Reading