Dramatic light framed the ruins of Cahokia, from Monk’s Mound above to other mounds arranged around the main plaza.
In the future, I’ll write more about the Shrine of St. Ferdinand, which possesses some of the oldest buildings in the metro area. For the time being, here are some photographs of the historic complex.
Well, it didn’t take long, and it’s hard to see in this picture, but someone has already attempted to steal the bronze plaque off of the Big Mound Memorial, bending its right side in the process. The monument, in its old… Continue Reading
Starting tomorrow, I’m introducing a new type of post where I focus on the history of architecture, in particular focusing on monuments that influence the built environment of St. Louis. I’ll go back and add a couple of older posts… Continue Reading
Listen to the podcast where Martin Casas, director of the Saint Louis Swap Meet, interviews me about the history of the Lemp Brewery.
The VonEime Farm became the Sunset Country Club when Eberhard Anheuser and Adolphus Busch bought the property around 1910. The farmhouse, from the 1850s, was stuccoed and became a dormitory for female country club workers. Sitting on Hadley Hill Road,… Continue Reading
I have become fascinated with the Griesedieck family, the “lost” brewing family of St. Louis. Everyon’e heard of the Busches and Lemps, but for much of the Twentieth Century, the three branches of the Griesedieck family fought competitively for dominance… Continue Reading
Built in 1846, with substantial remodeling completed in 1866 by the Jesuits to serve the German population of the Near North Side, the Shrine of St. Joseph is one of the oldest buildings still left in the city. The lavish… Continue Reading