These Second Empire beauties continue to sit vacant, owned by slumlords “who are doing their best to fix them up–lay off.” Right. Now, the one on the end was struck by arson, and only saved by the bravery of firefighters.… Continue Reading
Northeastern Iowa along the Cedar River is interesting; the whole area is dominated by the river valley. There is still a railroad through the town and a grain elevator. I was impressed by the Roman Catholic Church in town, St.… Continue Reading
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
What was this little building originally? There were packing houses in the neighborhood, and there is a wing that comes off to the right. It’s a little church, now.
I could have sworn I remember the building on the left being occupied in the recent past.
Midtown has been reimagined several times, first as an extension of the downtown area in the early Twentieth Century, and then again in the 1950s as there seems to be an attempt at keeping the neighborhood relevant. These small Modernist… Continue Reading
It starts out strong enough, rows of rehabbed buildings with award-winning restaurants around Compton Avenue. Then it starts to get a little more quiet, and the buildings, while well-maintained, start to look a little less august. And then the giant… Continue Reading
If you keep your eyes pealed, you start to realize Midtown still holds clues to its Nineteent Century past, before the neighborhood was taken over by auto dealerships and other businesses in an extension of downtown in the early Twentieth… Continue Reading
In a style I would best describe as a mix of Venetian Gothic combined with various eclectic elements, the Dinks Parrish Laundry building is one of the most striking use of textured terracotta in the city.
Look at this little business, probably reskinned in the 1950s; there was still hope back then for the neighborhood.