Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church is a beautiful Gothic Revival structure, sitting high on a hill with rolling fields heading out from it in several directions. “In the year of Our Lord, 1908, on the 30th day of May, Reverand… Continue Reading
Clay School is alive and well, and has received Prop S dollars to keep the building up to date. I hope it stays open for a long time. Its striking front entrance portal, complete with a colonnaded pediment above, welcomes… 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
This is formerly a Greek Orthodox Church on State Street in East St. Louis. Many people forget that there is a large population of Eastern Europeans in the Metro East, descendants of stockyards workers.
The stone is worn off and eroded too much, but this was once a Baptist church, that is now abandoned. Thick undergrowth, which has started to lose its leaves, obscure much of the complex. Sometime in the 1960s, they added… Continue Reading
The old parish school of St. Elizabeth’s is still standing, but it looks like it might be damaged as well. The stunning rectory is still standing, right next to the burned out church. The school building must have been even… Continue Reading
A one lane stretch of Glasgow Avenue heads south from the the Eliot School at North Florissant Avenue. Barely wide enough for a single car with the parked cars, it has some interesting houses. Then there is this interesting storefront,… Continue Reading
The old Central High School building is beginning to show real signs of structural problems, as the front is beginning to spall off. It will be a true loss when this school is destroyed.
Another school sits vacant and vandalized; this time it is the old parish school of St. Thomas Aquinas. The caramel terracotta, seen in Southwest St. Louis, looks like marble.
10th and Bond Street is where it all began, 100 years and two weeks ago. I went back and snapped these photos on the exact anniversary of some of the worse racial violence in US history. The oldest areas of… Continue Reading