Old wooden houses survive around the city, such as this little cluster on Vandeventer Avenue, just south of St. Louis Avenue. They might appear in Compton and Dry, and they definitely were built before this block was annexed into the… Continue Reading
This Second Empire house, and its two-story half flounder neighbor, sit next to each other on a quiet street. They’re both abandoned now, but perhaps one day they will come back to life.
Fellow explorers and I have been eternally fascinated by our so-called HUD Houses, built in a good faith effort to revitalize neighborhoods. They’re coming down, demolished for the new NGA facility. I actually like the bright, hopeful color.
A church in St. Louis never just a building with a sanctuary in it. It was an entire complex, or even campus, in some instances. The church would have a parsonage, or office for the priest or pastor. And schools… Continue Reading
No one knows how the fire started, but the end result is the same, as usual.
The last few houses are being abandoned, taken by the government through eminent domain. The once proudly maintained houses are now vacant, being broken into, and trashed, one by one. I remember the people who lived here; they weren’t “ghetto,”… Continue Reading
While its former parish church remains in good condition, I was saddened to see the old school is still sitting empty. There is a weird barbed wire fence around a portion of it, but not all the way around. I… Continue Reading
Hiding in plain sight is a Gothic Revival, board and batten house, clearly visible on Compton and Dry from 1876. The date of 1914 on the City’s website is clearly wrong. Special thanks for David Conradsen and Lynn Josse for… Continue Reading
This rare, board and batten, or “Carpenter” Gothic Revival house sits on the northern edge of Carondelet, a survivor from long ago. It was brought to my attention by David Conradsen and Lynn Josse. Simplifying the Gothic arch with two… Continue Reading
Your tax dollars at work! The State of Missouri has jealously owned a group of historic houses on Samuel Shepard Drive for a couple of decades, and now the SaLees Kennard House has suffered a collapse of its back service… Continue Reading