North Grand Boulevard’s speeds are too fast to encourage business and pedestrian traffic, though there are a fair number of people on foot dodging cars on the sad blocks north of Grand Center. Mother’s Fish is still in business after… Continue Reading
Not much has changed, since April of this year. The weeds have gotten taller.
Fulton, Missouri is a college town, with some nice historic architecture. Due to St. Louis building codes, you miss out on the great wood frame buildings of the Nineteenth Century that you witness out in the country. But wow, look… Continue Reading
Romanesque Revival architecture melded with Second Empire details dominates the east side of Illinois Avenue, across from Benton Park. I love the mixing of styles, creating new hybrids.
I really think that Benton Park has some of the best architecture in the city of St. Louis, and its grand Second Empire homes show the beauty of the decades after the Civil War.
I have a different attitude compared to most people, I realized. I don’t see these buildings as losses (though they will be demolished for the NGA), but rather lost potential. They’re beautiful; they could be fixed up, easily. But nobody… Continue Reading
Constructed in 1894, 3456 Hawthorne Boulevard would have been considered out of date with the architectural styles of the time. William F. Woerner, its owner, was a prominent lawyer in St. Louis, writing this article about murder and inheritance issues… Continue Reading
Little details like this, the brick relief arch transferring the weight of the wall above this limestone lintel, are what makes the houses of Compton Heights so special.
Apparently, before there was Compton Heights, there was an earlier Compton Heights. Laid out along what was then Pontiac, there were several huge lots facing the Compton Hill Reservoir. And I discovered this all because that wall along Russell Boulevard… Continue Reading