These Second Empire beauties continue to sit vacant, owned by slumlords “who are doing their best to fix them up–lay off.” Right. Now, the one on the end was struck by arson, and only saved by the bravery of firefighters.… Continue Reading
The University of Northern Iowa offers a fascinating ensemble of Early Twentieth Century academic buildings arranged around a quadrangle with a relatively unified architectural style and program that lasted until the 1960s when Modernist additions began to appear. Seerley Hall,… Continue Reading
Waterlooo, Iowa is a textbook example of how cities have purposely sabotaged themselves through an unquestioning belief in the suburbanization of America. The city once had a thriving downtown, anchored by Black’s Department Store, but in a fit of stupidity,… Continue Reading
Built in 1929 according to plans by Frank Avis, and built by Modern Construction Company at the behest of developers Skinker Northwood Investment Company, this apartment building, now condos, exemplifies the high-rises going up around the city after World War… Continue Reading
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