Continuing with my excursus of the fascinating and beautiful towns of northeastern Iowa, I dug deep into the St. Louis Patina vaults and found some photos I took of several other towns far from any interstates in September of 2011.… Continue Reading
As I came over a high hill in the rugged northeastern corner of Iowa on U.S. Route 18, I looked down into the valley below and I could have sworn I was seeing a village in Vermont. As I entered… Continue Reading
I caught this image of Union Station through a break in the old warehouses and office buildings of downtown.
MILAN, Mo., town and county-seat of Sullivan County on the Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroads, about 100 miles east by north of Saint Joseph. It is in an agricultural and stock-raising region, and… Continue Reading
The former Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, built and dedicated between 141-161 AD provides an excellent example of how Western Civilization has responded to its ancient past. After falling into disrepair, it was converted into the church of San Lorenzo… Continue Reading
Ah yes, the “Meeting of the Waters” by Carl Milles in Aloe Plaza; originally it was the “Marriage” but uptight St. Louisans made them change the title. I really like the sculpture group/fountain, because it draws on a long tradition… Continue Reading
Union Station is full of surprises, in the little details such as the coats of arms on this window lintel. Ireland, and perhaps other countries (my heraldry is rusty) appears above. Below, it’s interesting to see the details not eroded… Continue Reading
The head house gets a lot of attention, but the simple lines of the train shed is beautiful in its own right, a constant symphony of geometric shapes forming and dissolving as one walks through the space. The train shed for… Continue Reading
Union Station might be famous for its size and grandeur, but I also like the small details as well, like this swag below. Or look at that little round window hiding inside the larger Roman arch. Do you see it?
There’s still a fair bit of the remnants of the distant outbuildings of Union Station, down towards the Mill Creek railyards. This maintenance building, now roofless, once sat right where the tracks headed into the station from the main lines.… Continue Reading