What was this little building originally? There were packing houses in the neighborhood, and there is a wing that comes off to the right. It’s a little church, now.
A reader sent me these photos of the interior of Central High School, which is just about completely destroyed inside now.
In a style I would best describe as a mix of Venetian Gothic combined with various eclectic elements, the Dinks Parrish Laundry building is one of the most striking use of textured terracotta in the city.
Once what appears to have been the upper middle class of St. Louis in the early Twentieth Century, out the long, straight streets of the Grand Prairie, the West End now has increasing abandonment. The old houses are well-built, and… Continue Reading
Well, not much has changed for the positive in the three years since I last photographed Central High School. Honestly, at the rate it’s going, this will be torn down before anyone gets to save it. The trees and brush… 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
What is like to live along busy Skinker Boulevard west of Forest Park? There are some cool houses, one in Spanish Revival, while others in more eclectic styles. Many have heavy bushes in front of their houses for privacy.
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.