Sitting on a dramatic hill on some of the highest ground in Dogtown, St. James the Greater is the Irish parish of St. Louis. Many other churches have held that title over the centuries: St. Patrick, St. Bridget of Erin,… Continue Reading
I found myself wandering up Macklind Avenue north of Manchester Avenue, and there’s a unique group of post-World War II light industrial buildings. I’d love to know the story behind the two anachronistic doorways that flank the two sides of… Continue Reading
The Hi-Pointe Theater would never be built today; the corporation would require a giant parking lot, and it would never be located so close to the street. But it was built, and it is still a landmark after all of… Continue Reading
Oakland Avenue, before Highway 40 was built, must have been a beautiful, slightly more middle-class version of Lindell on the north side of Forest Park. But alas, the highway came crashing through, and the roar of the automobile now pervades… Continue Reading
Red brick, at least on the front of houses, was certainly out of style by the early Twentieth Century. Rich red, almost brown brick predominates houses west of Kingshighway. Flat roofs, which dominated St. Louis for a century, are replaced… Continue Reading
Four-family flats, if properly maintained and owned, can still be desirable, and properly dense places for people to enjoy the benefits of an urban neighborhood. Dogtown has an eclectic mix, often capped with red clay tile roofs.
I love these houses, set on double lots, that again probably reflected a more rural, early Twentieth Century environment, west of the city and south of Forest Park. Each house is slightly different, but they remind me of houses more… Continue Reading
Sitting on the edge of the city line, Grandview Place is a short street, now truncated by the interstate, that once was probably a quiet streetcar suburban destination. To the east, the residents could probably see the black cloud of… Continue Reading
I wonder what was here originally.