Update: Sara Levin provided the name of the company. The business has been renamed Venator, apparently, and continues in other locations. East St. Louis used to be an economic power house, full of factories, stockyards and power plants creating a… Continue Reading
The Magic Chef Factory is being demolished, to make ready for what will probably be the largest redevelopment ever for The Hill neighborhood. I came by and snapped some pictures of the complex, which had fascinating curves in it for… Continue Reading
I normally look at the Krey plant from the west, along N. Florissant, or even further west. The back lot is where scrap metal is dropped off to be recycled. You can see the twin truncated smokestacks in the background.… Continue Reading
10th and Bond Street is where it all began, 100 years and two weeks ago. I went back and snapped these photos on the exact anniversary of some of the worse racial violence in US history. The oldest areas of… Continue Reading
No, they didn’t ever take the owner’s plans to move the old Brown Shoe factory across Jefferson Avenue seriously. It’s being demolished now.
Still standing, and with nothing happening on the property behind it, the remnants of the old streetcar repair barn sits, forgotten.
Yes, there is a slaughter house left in the City of St. Louis. Now known as Star Packing, it was once, based off of ghost signs also known as United Meat Co., among others. This was apparently, based off of… Continue Reading
Apparently the Leschen Wire Rope Company was doing well enough to expand into some somewhat cool looking Modernist buildings to the north of the original factory. I think about all of the people that must have walked to work or… Continue Reading
A giant factory came into view, across a vacant lot which seems to have been part of the company grounds. The stunning Leschen Wire Rope Company, which later moved to St. Joseph and now seems to be largely defunct, once… Continue Reading
Update: By fall of 2018, the site was a vacant lot. The old factory in Walnut Park, a victim of changing economic and technological times, is being demolished. It was never the most impressive abandoned building, but the weird mix… Continue Reading