Gateway One (the Peabody Coal Building) should have never been built. St. Louis should have never built the Gateway Mall, either, but since it did, at the bare minimum it could have at least done it correctly. Sigh.
A long-forgotten stretch of Broadway is finally seeing redevelopment. First up is the LaSalle Building, which I have photographed in the past, but that Built St. Louis has covered with much better images. Korte Construction has a great page explaining… Continue Reading
The Shanley Building was designed by Harris Armstrong and opened in the 1930s. It is currently in use as a private contractor offering driver’s licenses. When I was there last week, there was a sign on the door stating, “We… Continue Reading
The Union Trust Building has reopened as a boutique hotel, Hotel St. Louis, after languishing in vacancy for at least a decade. I approve of how it turned out. There was no way to return the building to its original… Continue Reading
I’m intrigued by the early Twentieth factories up north in the so-called “Mark Twain/I-70 Industrial” neighborhood, as the City of St. Louis officially calls this area. All of the cool factories down along the riverfront, and the historic breweries, get… Continue Reading
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