I sometimes forget about the Frisco Building; it was never abandoned, and thus never gained publicity for a splashy rehabilitation. It just chugs along, probably one of the few historic skyscrapers in downtown that has never gone dark.
Built in 1911 according to the designs of the famous Mauran, Russell & Crowell, the old Laclede Gas Building is not the largest historic building in downtown, but its use of terracotta, and tan brick give it a nice appearance.
Easily one of the largest and tallest of downtown’s historic core, the Syndicate Trust is one of my favorite buildings in the city. Restored several years ago, it looks ready for another one hundred years.
Waterlooo, Iowa is a textbook example of how cities have purposely sabotaged themselves through an unquestioning belief in the suburbanization of America. The city once had a thriving downtown, anchored by Black’s Department Store, but in a fit of stupidity,… Continue Reading
At the corner of 9th Street and Lucas Avenue.
MILAN, Mo., town and county-seat of Sullivan County on the Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroads, about 100 miles east by north of Saint Joseph. It is in an agricultural and stock-raising region, and… Continue Reading
Built according to plans by Archie Schaeffer and Phillip Hooton in 1929, the State Farm Insurance Building in downtown Bloomington was added on to repeatedly over the years. They moved out in 1974 to a giant Modernist complex on the… Continue Reading
The cool proto-modern Ensenberger, with elements of Art-Deco styling, has now been converted into condos. Designed by Arthur L. Pillsbury and Phillip Hooten, it opened in 1926. Apparently, the current facade is newer than the building itself, having been reskinned… Continue Reading
The old Corn Belt Bank Building is an excellent example of Romanesque Revival skyscraper architecture, designed by George Miller in 1901. Louis Sullivan was already active, but by no means was his style universally accepted. Conservative architecture, such as shown… Continue Reading