The Continental Building represents the end of the historic office buildings of St. Louis, in my opinion. After this, the Great Depression came, and after the war Modernism too over. Read about the Continental at Built St. Louis.
The 1895 Brown Mansion creates a beautiful example of Italian Renaissance architecture. The classical pediment and Ionic columns frame the entrance. The central window on the second floor, or piano nobile, reminds one of the choir lofts of Florence Cathedral… Continue Reading
The final creation of Preston Bradshaw, what is now known as Lindell Towers West, was completed in 1927 for Pleitsch and Price. This building is probably the most unique of three; it violates and borrows from several styles of architecture,… Continue Reading
Preston Bradshaw continued his march west with another residential hotel for Pleitsch and Price, constructing what was originally known as the Mark Twain Apartments in 1926. Perhaps the most interesting feature is the dramatic arched, circular cornice over the front… Continue Reading
The wall of buildings on Lindell west of Spring are the handiwork of Preston Bradshaw. The first one in the picture, and the first one built, is the Coronado, built as a residential hotel between 1923 and 1926. There is… Continue Reading
This old funeral parlor had an interesting brush with history; read about it here.
Henry Semple Ames or his mother most likely had this building constructed in 1889, during the boom years for Grand Center. Its neighbors are gone; it was later owned by a Ms. Cushman after the Ames family moved out in the… Continue Reading
The Moolah Temple’s original purpose, that of the Order of the Mystic Shrine, is now hosted in another building out west, and its new use as a movie theater works well. Moorish Revival architecture is interesting in that is Islamic… Continue Reading
The Alexander Euston Mansion, from 1890, still sits at 3730 Lindell Boulevard, but is now part of SLU. Euston owned pressing mills that created linseed oil. Perhaps not the most exciting industrialist in St. Louis, but he still provided a… Continue Reading