They’ve begun to tear down the Brenton Tower, one of four public housing apartment buildings part of the Lansdowne Towers, located in the northeastern portion of East St. Louis. I’d been by here before, almost exactly two years ago, and… Continue Reading
I came across this fascinating terracotta detail on the top of a commercial building in downtown Peoria. I’m not sure who it’s supposed to represent–maybe Andromeda–but it would be interesting to find out.
I made it by Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Cahokia on a sunny day, after the last time I had visited during a rainstorm. It is one of the oldest churches in the region. There is also a cemetery… Continue Reading
Horses have come to my family’s farm in Illinois, and they are enjoying the wide open space of the pasture on the west side of the road. The cattle peacefully coexist at the southern end of the pasture on the day… Continue Reading
One of my favorite buildings that I have never gotten close to is the old Cahokia Power Station, located across the river in Illinois. Its hulking mass and six smokestacks dominate the Southside, and have for decades.
I love the Ainad Temple, right in the heart of East St. Louis. There had been rumors that they were going to close, but they instead made a commitment to stay in the city’s downtown. I’m glad, as it will… Continue Reading
Update: Due to reader feedback, this post has been modified to reflect that the majority of the plant and a portion of the neighborhood are in fact in Venice. Portions of the plant and the neighborhood are in Madison. There’s… Continue Reading
A lot has been happening on State Street since the last time I posted any photographs of the downtown area of Granite City. Galen Gandolfi, who had opened the first art gallery on Cherokee Street, Fort Gondo, bought a series… Continue Reading
Perhaps I was being too optimistic when I first documented Peoria northeast of downtown back in 2013. I have been back, and while there is a wonderful group of houses that have been carefully restored back to their original grandeur,… Continue Reading
West Main Street shoots up the bluffs from downtown Peoria towards Bradley University, and there is a line of college-related businesses and other amenities. It is sort of a strange mix of buildings, such as the one below, which clearly… Continue Reading