I am fairly certain that this forlorn abandoned factory building along the north side of Stratford Avenue is the remnant of the massive army munitions plant that manufactured arms during World War II. It featured a gigantic vaulted steel building… Continue Reading
What a huge company Crunden-Martin must have been back in the day, occupying all of these massive buildings. But then a fire ripped through one of the buildings, which is still gutted, as you can see. I don’t think the… Continue Reading
While much of Nineteenth Century St. Louis’s factories have been demolished, there are still a ton of early Twentieth Century industrial buildings in the northwestern quadrant of the city over across into the county, including this cool factory, with the… Continue Reading
Demolition continues at the old Magic Chef factory, and huge piles of pulverized concrete dominate the southern portion of the property. For the time being, however, the building along Daggett is still standing.
The houses on the west side of the park vary in condition, from about ready to collapse to meticulously maintained. These are some of the oldest houses in the neighborhood, but they have been rehabbed and will still be around… Continue Reading
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.