Crestwood Mall is disappearing, but the recent demolition of the “front” of the mall, built in 1984 opposite the original strip mall shops, has reappeared, temporarily. Most fascinating to me, the curved original facade of the Sears, one of the… Continue Reading
Easily one of the largest and tallest of downtown’s historic core, the Syndicate Trust is one of my favorite buildings in the city. Restored several years ago, it looks ready for another one hundred years.
The demolition of the old Crestwood Mall, and in particular its Stix, Baer and Fuller store, is accelerating as external evidence has appeared of interior demolition. The parking structure is long gone, and now the pavilion restaurant, once a hallmark… Continue Reading
Waterlooo, Iowa is a textbook example of how cities have purposely sabotaged themselves through an unquestioning belief in the suburbanization of America. The city once had a thriving downtown, anchored by Black’s Department Store, but in a fit of stupidity,… Continue Reading
Obviously there’s a huge amount of work going on inside Crestwood Plaza, but the parking garage for the old Stix, Baer and Fuller is coming down slowly. Stylistically, the Stix, later Dillard’s department store was the most aesthetically pleasing, but… Continue Reading
The Railway Exchange in October 2015 is largely vacant.
Designed by John Mauran, and clearly built in two stages that are remarkably consistent, the Old Stix, Baer and Fuller Department Store has been reborn in a wonderful renovation. Showing influence of both Beaux-Arts architecture as well as the influence… Continue Reading
What will we do with the giant empty hulk of the Railway Exchange Building? It seems that the age of the august department store in downtown is over, because, despite angry nostalgia when they close, nobody shops at them. My… Continue Reading