The gates of Westmoreland Place and Portland Places are prominent landmarks along Kingshighway (see their gates here and here, respectively). But coming around to Union, you realize they have “backdoors,” so to speak. Above are the relatively simple gates of… Continue Reading
Completed in 1782, the Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo has gained the reputation as the “Queen of the Missions,” largely due to the restored, intact quadrangle of walls and residences. While all of the churches had plans for… Continue Reading
Tower Grove Park is one of the jewels of St. Louis, and it is just as beautiful as the more famous Forest Park, with a fraction of the crowds. What is interesting is that Henry Shaw laid out the park,… Continue Reading
I sometimes forget about Calvary Cemetery, drawn to the numerous mausolea of the industrial giants of St. Louis history in Bellefontaine Cemetery. But Calvary has many interesting and beautiful aspects, starting with its front gates, built I would estimate in… Continue Reading
It’s hard not to take a great picture of one of the most picturesque places on the planet.
Update: I went back in January of 2020 to photograph the area on the inside and outside of the gates. Also, the two statues are a lion and a tiger. I finally figured out why the lions, which also happen… Continue Reading
South of Brentmoor Park, and laid out at the same time, is Forest Ridge; while the terrain of the street is more level, it still has a distinctive wooded common area in the center. To the south on Big Bend… Continue Reading
Originally the country estate of Robert Carr, Carrswold is one of several private streets created in the 1920’s in Clayton just west of the St. Louis Boundary and Big Bend Road. Heavily Tudor Revival in style, the mansions of the… Continue Reading
Update: I went back and visited again in 2018. Straddling the border between St. Louis and University City on Skinker, Parkview was another private subdivision laid out by Julius Pitzmann. What was once farmland now is heavily forested, with houses… Continue Reading
The triumphal gates of Lewis Place are probably my favorite private street entrance in St. Louis. Based off of ancient Roman architecture, they are a grand statement to passersby.