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
I love this Modernist little church right by the interstate in East St. Louis. I believe it was originally an Eastern Orthodox church, as evidenced by the cool Modern interpretation of an onion dome.
Tucked away in northern East St. Louis is the Community of Christ Church, a neat little Modernist A-frame church. The medallion shows a lion lying with a lamb on either side of Christ, with the word “peace” written below.
This is formerly a Greek Orthodox Church on State Street in East St. Louis. Many people forget that there is a large population of Eastern Europeans in the Metro East, descendants of stockyards workers.
This beautiful, well-maintained church looks like it could fit in Webster Groves. It is actually off of State Street, in far eastern East St. Louis. It was a Presbyterian Church, originally.
The stone is worn off and eroded too much, but this was once a Baptist church, that is now abandoned. Thick undergrowth, which has started to lose its leaves, obscure much of the complex. Sometime in the 1960s, they added… Continue Reading
The old parish school of St. Elizabeth’s is still standing, but it looks like it might be damaged as well. The stunning rectory is still standing, right next to the burned out church. The school building must have been even… Continue Reading
Christ Redeemed Missionary Baptist Church, formerly St. Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic Church, was gutted by fire back in January 2017. The heat of the fire is evident in the the melted steel trusses. Such a sad loss.
Churches are a point of pride in East St. Louis, and they are often the last building standing in some neighborhoods. They are community centers, and provide hope in the thick forests of the city. This is Fifteenth Street Baptist… Continue Reading