I’m always intrigued at how downtowns adapted in the 1950s and 60s to the rise of Modernist strip malls and shopping centers in the suburbs. One of the most common tactics, done in downtown St. Louis, as well as downtowns… Continue Reading
I know I’ve photographed this building before, but for the life of me, I can’t find it now. Nonetheless, it is undergoing an amazing renovation that is bringing the former Louis Lange Publishing Company back to life. There was a… Continue Reading
There are still remnants of the economic powerhouse that was once Crestwood Mall, such as the office building and strip mall across Watson Road, former Route 66, from the now vacant lot.
As Barnes and Washington University Medical grew rapidly after World War II, they built and purchased Modernist buildings that were going up in the central corridor of the City, along streets such as Lindell Boulevard and Forest Park Avenue. Old… Continue Reading
I suspect these buildings are some of the last additions to the old Hyde Park Brewery. The Modernist office building is interesting, but it obviously does not function as that anymore. The main brew house was right at Salisbury and… Continue Reading
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
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
The Union Trust Building is one of my favorite Louis Sullivan buildings, and I was able to find the parking garage across the street to be open and accessible for me to get some shots with my iPhone. I’ll be… Continue Reading
Interior demolition of the Union Trust Building are beginning, and I’m excited to see the final result. It’s been empty for too long, and perhaps the Chemical Building next door will be next.
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