Update: The property is now owned by the City of Cahokia, Illinois, not Saint Louis University. A reader provided additional photographs of Parks College in March of 2018. A reader sent me some fascinating shots of the now-abandoned Parks College… Continue Reading
I’ll admit it; I wasn’t a huge fan of the Pius XII Memorial Library on the campus of Saint Louis University. But up close, I discovered there is a simple beauty to the straight lines that repeat throughout the facade.… Continue Reading
I was always impressed how the 1993 major expansion of Pickler Library embraced the older structure, leaving it largely intact and viewable along its front from the long bridge spanned atrium of the addition. The sign saying Pickler Memorial Library… Continue Reading
The now-defunct Marillac College for Women trained young women to become nuns and other religious vocations. I would imagine this was the main administration building for the college, which is graceful in its pure, simple design. The whole campus is… Continue Reading
Eden Seminary, in Webster Groves features a beautiful, if standard English Gothic main building, but I’m more intrigued by the library built in the lawn in front of the older academic hall. The massing of this strange, Brutalist building seems… Continue Reading
I had always seen this tower from Watson or Gravois, and last Sunday; I finally found my way there. Reminds me of the city hall of Los Angeles in some aspects.
Architecture has a way of making a statement about its builders and their motives. The architecture of Washington University hearkens back to the great Medieval universities of Cambridge and Oxford, showcasing for the most part Gothic Revival architecture. Graham Chapel… Continue Reading