Obviously there’s a huge amount of work going on inside Crestwood Plaza, but the parking garage for the old Stix, Baer and Fuller is coming down slowly. Stylistically, the Stix, later Dillard’s department store was the most aesthetically pleasing, but… Continue Reading
Well, demolition certainly has been speeding up over at the old St. Mary’s. A giant, Tyrannosaurus Rex-like claw was biting away at the Modernist addition on the west on Saturday when I came by. You can’t see them, but there… Continue Reading
The giant boilers, once searing hot, were being ripped out one by one, by someone. They’re not buried under the rubble from the implosion. Below, here’s a boiler that was dragged a little ways before being abandoned. Above, the pipe… Continue Reading
The smokestacks were perhaps the most iconic portion of the Armour Meat Packing Plant from the exterior, but they cast a looming presence from the interior, as well.
Back in late 2014, I had an opportunity to tour the Armour Meat Packing Plant with the permission of the owner. Now that the plant has been imploded, I assume it is alright to share these photos of what is… Continue Reading
Long-suffering St. Mary’s Infirmary, or the old Malcolm-Bliss, is finally being put out of its misery. One half of the building, up to the central hallway, has been demolished. I’m sad, but realistically, it was in danger of collapse, and… Continue Reading
I have a different attitude compared to most people, I realized. I don’t see these buildings as losses (though they will be demolished for the NGA), but rather lost potential. They’re beautiful; they could be fixed up, easily. But nobody… Continue Reading
After the dramatic implosion of the refrigeration plant at Armour in April, demolition is continuing, slowly but surely. It’s actually interesting to look at the building now, released from the heavy vegetation that normally obscured it. The twin smoke stacks… Continue Reading
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
I was wondering what would happen to this building on the northern edge of Old North St. Louis. Rumor is that it was actually rehabbed back in the 1980s. Guess I know what’s going to happen to it.