Due to an eagle-eyed reader, I learned recently that the historic freedmen’s settlement of Westland Acres recently sold for a substantial amount of money. Inhabited by the descendants of freed slaves for generations, I suspect that property tax pressures finally… Continue Reading
Senior citizens interested in attending my lecture at OASIS about influential architects who have left their marks on St. Louis can sign up for a two-week class on June 12th and 19th, 2019, by clicking here and searching for class… Continue Reading
George W. Baumhoff was the general manager of the St. Louis Transit Company. According to the Missouri History Museum, he owned an estate of several hundred acres out by Valley Park, called “Treecourt,” which I can verify is sort of… Continue Reading
Logan D. Dameron seems to have been the president of the Southwestern Book and Publishing Company, and this monument sits on his burial plot. It has acquired quite a bit of patina on it over the years, with its Flamboyant… Continue Reading
A Lieutenant in the United States Navy during the Civil War, Wilson McGunnegle served on board the U.S.S. St. Louis, sadly dying of tuberculosis in Annapolis, Maryland later on during the conflict. He has one of what is easily the… Continue Reading
I had never really looked at this mausoleum before, and I found some interesting details, such as this angel in bas-relief on the front door. I imagine the angel is an allusion to the one discovered in Christ’s tomb after… Continue Reading
I had never noticed these flowers blooming like this before at Bellefontaine Cemetery in the spring.
I like the different perspective that the winter brings to Bellefontaine Cemetery with the leaves off the trees, as the lay of the land is more obvious with its undulations and dips and bobs. The light is harsh and stark,… Continue Reading
We took a walk around the inside of the Western Lutheran Cemetery to take a closer look at some of the tombstones and monuments. I discovered that a Lutheran congregation in St. Louis County has been helping to maintain the… Continue Reading
I experimented around with different vantage points of the Busch Mausoleum, which was looking resplendent in the autumn light at Bellefontaine Cemetery.