Well, demolition certainly has been speeding up over at the old St. Mary’s. A giant, Tyrannosaurus Rex-like claw was biting away at the Modernist addition on the west on Saturday when I came by. You can’t see them, but there… Continue Reading
Long-suffering St. Mary’s Infirmary, or the old Malcolm-Bliss, is finally being put out of its misery. One half of the building, up to the central hallway, has been demolished. I’m sad, but realistically, it was in danger of collapse, and… Continue Reading
MacArthur Bridge approaches at 7th Street. Age and grit.
St. Mary’s is still standing, watched like a hawk by Ameren security, and awaiting its fate. I honestly am surprised it hasn’t been demolished yet. Papin Street is pretty much Ameren turf now, so who would want to live surrounded… Continue Reading
Cyrus F. Blanke owned a tea and coffee company here in St. Louis. I’ve always been intrigued by his building, and its muted detail covered in off-white paint. Interestingly, the 1904 era Sanborn maps have a different owner in the… Continue Reading
The infamous road deck of the MacArthur Bridge is rapidly disappearing, and with it any chance of it reopening to automobile or pedestrian traffic.
Back in July, I looked at the well-preserved section of Frenchtown west of Soulard Market. I thought I would experience what is was like to take the 500 foot walk to the market from the neighborhood. This factory, now renovated… Continue Reading
This former church seems to have sat on the former site of the Menard/Soulard Street Mission, which opened in 1875. I find the whole building confusing, as it was later a church. Built in 1896 according the National Register Nomination,… Continue Reading
Just west of the Lafayette Avenue bridge that leads to Soulard Market, there is a small neighborhood of beautifully preserved houses. Whether it’s in Soulard, the LaSalle Park neighborhood, or the larger Frenchtown area may be debated, but not the… Continue Reading
Last week, I went to the grand opening of the new Fields Foods grocery store, which sits in the remnants of the Bohemian Hill neighborhood. Sliced, diced and demolished into a shadow of itself over the last seventy years, the… Continue Reading