The old parish school of St. Elizabeth’s is still standing, but it looks like it might be damaged as well. The stunning rectory is still standing, right next to the burned out church. The school building must have been even… Continue Reading
Christ Redeemed Missionary Baptist Church, formerly St. Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic Church, was gutted by fire back in January 2017. The heat of the fire is evident in the the melted steel trusses. Such a sad loss.
Churches are a point of pride in East St. Louis, and they are often the last building standing in some neighborhoods. They are community centers, and provide hope in the thick forests of the city. This is Fifteenth Street Baptist… Continue Reading
Everyone see this from I-55 around the Bates Avenue exit, but it actually sits on land that was once part of a quarry.
Now rechristened St. Elizabeth, Mother of John (the Baptist), St. Engelbert’s was a German national church. I usually associate the English Gothic Revival with Presbyterian or Lutheran churches, and it’s interesting to see a Roman Catholic church of this style.… Continue Reading
This is a very historic congregation, first formed in 1885, and the cornerstone was laid in 1894. This is a stout, beautiful brick church, still surviving after disinvestment in the Greater Ville.
This was Bob Reuter’s church, way back in the 1960s. It still is occupied, as far as I can tell.
I return to this forlorn row of beautiful Second Empire tenements south of the old Friedens Evangelisch Lutheran Church. Nothing is happening to these houses, other than that they are deteriorating more. They are all abandoned, as far as I… Continue Reading
The massive Most Holy Trinity stands defiantly a block away from the interstate, still in business even after population decline in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Repairs have been made recently to the copper flashing on the crossing. I first photographed… Continue Reading
Built around 1922, this church at Gano and Carter is an interesting specimen. It has been added onto, repaired, patched and bricked up. But it is still occupied, and while the rest of the block is vacant, the church holds… Continue Reading