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Northeast Side of East St. Louis

There are some cool Modernist office buildings on State Street, such as the one above. This billboard stands isolated in the middle of some undergrowth and trees. Nelson Mandela Elementary School is not very old, but it was already closed.… Continue Reading

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Chemical Building from Across Olive

I went to a panel discussion in the Laclede Gas Building, and took the opportunity to take some pictures of the Chemical Building across the street. The contrast with the Old Post Office creates one of my favorite street corners… Continue Reading

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3,500th Post: Could We Please Just Stop Building Crap?

So it’s been over a decade since the Century Building has been torn down, and the 9th Street Garage, built in its place, has managed not to collapse in that time period. A friend of mine, who worked on the… Continue Reading

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North 20th Street, West Side of Hyde Park

I’ve been watching these proud houses slowly collapse, on what should be a desirable street, right across from a beautiful park. There are some well-maintained buildings, such as this house and office building. And these massive buildings are in great… Continue Reading

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JeffVanderLou Over to St. Louis Place

We were in the area, so we stopped to look at the memorial at Jefferson and Hebert. We also saw this interesting office building, as well as this collapsed building below on the other side of Parnell. The building is… Continue Reading