I spotted this abandoned drive-in, engulfed in trees on the south side of St. Clair Avenue in the eastern reaches of East St. Louis. I didn’t even realize the city limits stretched out this far. It is not the old… Continue Reading
Downtown Vandalia has a nice cross section of architectural styles. I was impressed with the overall level of occupation of buildings. While some are abandoned, like the movie theater below, I still felt like there was life here. Many cast… Continue Reading
This building is the headquarters of Prince Hall, which is an African-American branch of Freemasons, named after its founder. I’ve always been a little disappointed with this stretch–there are so many beautiful abandoned or underutilized buildings.
The Arlington Hotel anchors the wide expanse of railroad tracks that cuts through the heart of De Soto. Depending on who you ask on the streets of De Soto, the hotel was built in the 1850s or 1860s in… Continue Reading
Covered with an interesting mixture of grotesques, the exterior of Powell Hall, so often viewed only at night while arriving to see a performance of the symphony, never ceases to impress. The central portal of what was the old St.… Continue Reading
Update: Renovated into the Angad Arts Hotel, which opened in November of 2018. Last used as the headquarters of the St. Louis health department, the old Missouri Theater Building is now being rehabbed into a blues club and apartments. It’s… Continue Reading
Hiding in plain sight for decades while shuttered, one would be wise to simply walk down and gaze upon this mighty edifice. It should be forgotten no longer, its clumsy wedding to the new Savvis Center notwithstanding.
I never really realized it, but the Majestic Theater in East St. Louis is one of the most amazing buildings in the entire metropolitan area. I hope help comes before it is demolished. The first floor shop is still open.… Continue Reading
There’s more to San Antonio than the Spanish heritage, though I personally think that period of time is the most poignant. San Antonio ironically was a relatively small city for most of its history, only growing to a million inhabitants… Continue Reading
I think most people realize that the single screen neighborhood movie theater was the norm through most of cinema’s history. Small independent theaters such as the Melvin served neighborhoods such as Dutchtown along Chippewa Avenue. It was open, depending on… Continue Reading