On California Avenue in between Osage and Keokuk streets, some detective work was needed. Why are the houses several decades newer than the red brick buildings around them in Dutchtown, and why are they subsiding so badly? Compton and Dry’s… Continue Reading
Starting at Gasconade Street and heading north on California Avenue, there is a wonderful row of Second Empire buildings, with a storefront on the corner, and then two houses next door. Above, on another corner of the intersection, some competent… Continue Reading
I’m tired of Dutchtown only being in the news for the wrong reasons, though I’m not going to pretend like it doesn’t have problems–it does. But on a recent Saturday morning, the sun was shining, the weather was cool, and… Continue Reading
A recent comment on my old pictures of the Virginia Theater reminded me that I had some old photos from an open house when the old movie house owners allowed access to those interested in seeing the interior. The marble… Continue Reading
Everyone see this from I-55 around the Bates Avenue exit, but it actually sits on land that was once part of a quarry.
Around Meramec Street, there are more amazing houses along Compton Avenue, again taking advantage of the hilly terrain to create a stunning neighborhood.
Heading back north up Compton, one discovers a cluster of wood frame houses, just a minute’s walk from the old quarry in Dutchtown. I strongly suspect that these houses were where workers for the quarry lived, far outside of the central… Continue Reading
This alley house, whose front house was never built or demolished at the corner of Keokuk and Virginia, is far older than 1895, which is when the City says it was built. You can tell because the brick doesn’t match.… Continue Reading
I’ve always been intrigued by these tract homes along Bates just east of Grand. I don’t think they were built in the 19th Century, when the Second Empire style was most popular. They were in fact built in 1905.
Another school sits vacant and vandalized; this time it is the old parish school of St. Thomas Aquinas. The caramel terracotta, seen in Southwest St. Louis, looks like marble.