The South Riverfront, cut off by cliffs and I-55, is not as immediately accessible as the North Riverfront. But it still holds its curiosities, like this elevator, below. These cliffs looks natural, as they seem to undulate, as if water… Continue Reading
The near south riverfront, just below the Arch grounds on the Mississippi, is still a fascinating place. This giant crane, for example, is a mystery to me; what was it used for? Then there’s this giant railroad trestle, which slowly… Continue Reading
Sitting at one of the most prominent intersections of the city, 4th and Washington, the Missouri Athletic Club is one of the most interesting buildings in downtown. Part banqueting hall, sports club, hotel and lounge, it is still a center… Continue Reading
The Casa Loma Ballroom continues to be a landmark on Cherokee Street. While the Cinderella continues the replacement of its original terracotta. But an old Anheuser-Busch pub still sits in limbo, its owner holding out.
If I could accomplish anything, it would be convincing people how beautiful the houses built right after the Civil War were: urban, compact, and useful. As it is, these wonderful houses will end up as piles of rubble, as part… Continue Reading
This geodesic dome functions as a gymnasium, part of a larger rec plex in Lincoln Park.
There is a beautiful gate house and caretaker’s house right on the southeast corner, along what was originally Bellefontaine Road, but now renamed Broadway in the city (the road still exists in North County). There is another, newer gatehouse… Continue Reading
Built in 1902, the railroad bridge over the Cedar River at Nashua is a gem. It’s surprising to see such a massive, concrete arched bridge–it looks very old-fashioned for the technology of the early Twentieth Century. The remnants of the… Continue Reading
The old trolley company building has sprouted a new work of art. I do not know who did it, but it brightens up this abandoned building. I get sadder and sadder every time I drive or walk through the Ville.… Continue Reading
In the future, I’ll write more about the Shrine of St. Ferdinand, which possesses some of the oldest buildings in the metro area. For the time being, here are some photographs of the historic complex.