I found some old pictures my family took from the Arch back in 1986-7; in the upper left, you can see the Cupples Warehouses sitting vacant. The first Kiener Plaza, now demolished, was just starting construction. The ash trees are… Continue Reading
Designed by Klipstein and Rathmann and completed in 1930, the Civil Courts Building was probably one of the last generation of major Beaux-Arts buildings in America. Its form is based off the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, with an extended base but… Continue Reading
The Civil Courts Building is one of my favorite buildings in downtown St. Louis, but it is so often viewed from straight down the Gateway Mall. I like seeing it from among the buildings of downtown.
Urban Review STL recently covered the proposed additions to the Veterans’s Memorial in downtown St. Louis, and expressed deep concern that the additions, while justified, are not in keeping with the overall aesthetic setting of the memorial. It should be… Continue Reading
I wish the historic buildings that used to stand here were still here, but since they’re not, we have to come up with some sort of solution to fill the void. I think the City Garden is a great example… Continue Reading
I absolutely hate the two behemoth parking garages that sit north of the Gateway Mall in the heart of downtown. They’re big, ugly, and they are a pathetic excuse for architecture on what is supposedly St. Louis’s main street. But… Continue Reading