I love the Ainad Temple, right in the heart of East St. Louis. There had been rumors that they were going to close, but they instead made a commitment to stay in the city’s downtown. I’m glad, as it will… Continue Reading
Down under the towering eastern approaches of the Martin Luther King Bridge, there is B Street, and there are a couple of houses that are occupied (not shown). Who are they? I did not have time to stop and ask,… Continue Reading
I drive by this church fairly often, for whatever reason, and I love its architecture. I’ve photographed it at least one time before, back in late November of 2017.
Back in early 2018, a group of veterans got together in East St. Louis, responding to the sad state of the World War One Memorial I had photographed in November of 2017. People didn’t think they could do it, but… Continue Reading
Just over a year ago, I checked in on the areas of East St. Louis just to the east of the old National Stockyards and the old meatpacking plants that used to employ thousands of workers. Crossing over the railroad… Continue Reading
The water in the Mississippi River was high when I took this picture, and the parking lot on the Levee was completely submerged.
Update: See what lies under the Illinois approaches in this post from July 2019. To commemorate the bridge’s closure for repairs in the fall of 2018, I thought I would photograph the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge, which has… Continue Reading
There are some cool Modernist office buildings on State Street, such as the one above. This billboard stands isolated in the middle of some undergrowth and trees. Nelson Mandela Elementary School is not very old, but it was already closed.… Continue Reading
I suspect this cool church was also an Eastern Orthodox church at one point, and is right next door to the Greek Orthodox church. It is still occupied, and looks great. It’s a fascinating mix of Modernism and Romanesque or… Continue Reading
Update: Thanks to readers contacting me, I have learned this was a Lithuanian national church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville. The stylized onion dome would make sense in an Eastern European church such as Lithuania. I revisited the… Continue Reading