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
I’m more familiar with the famous Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, but this school shares a name with that famous school for the deaf. It is a beautiful building.
Despite the assurances of plenty of nay-sayers, the abandoned Arlington School, which I photographed in 2009, could be saved and is now impeccably restored. Tasteful in-fill has been added around the old school.
Sadly, Gundlach School is just yet another beautiful school that it is sitting empty. It once was one of the most prestigious in the school district, known for its excellent staff.
A church in St. Louis never just a building with a sanctuary in it. It was an entire complex, or even campus, in some instances. The church would have a parsonage, or office for the priest or pastor. And schools… Continue Reading
While its former parish church remains in good condition, I was saddened to see the old school is still sitting empty. There is a weird barbed wire fence around a portion of it, but not all the way around. I… Continue Reading
More Tudor Revival splendor at the intersection of Kingshighway and Gravois, at the old Ittner-Milligan school that is now a charter school. The building is shaped like a cursive letter V, and uses the odd shaped plot of land in… Continue Reading
A reader sent me these photos of the interior of Central High School, which is just about completely destroyed inside now.
While Ittner and Milligan schools in St. Louis are amazing, it’s always interesting to see how educational architecture developed after their tenure. George Sanger took over as architect of St. Louis Public Schools in the early Twentieth Century. Many of… Continue Reading