Bosley Estates is still looking a little rough around the edges…But, there has been some attempts at finishing, as Tyvek or one of its equivalent competitors had been installed on the side of the house. Unfortunately, they did not finish.
I was transfixed by the deterioration of this HUD house; I photographed it back in 2015. I will be giving a short talk about 1870s St. Louis on Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30 AM at the Missouri History Museum as… Continue Reading
Despite the assurances of plenty of nay-sayers, the abandoned Arlington School, which I photographed in 2009, could be saved and is now impeccably restored. Tasteful in-fill has been added around the old school.
I know the house above was built sometime in the last two decades, but now it sits abandoned as well. What is the point of putting a band-aid on a gaping chest wound? It looks to have been gutted by… Continue Reading
Fellow explorers and I have been eternally fascinated by our so-called HUD Houses, built in a good faith effort to revitalize neighborhoods. They’re coming down, demolished for the new NGA facility. I actually like the bright, hopeful color.
The last few houses are being abandoned, taken by the government through eminent domain. The once proudly maintained houses are now vacant, being broken into, and trashed, one by one. I remember the people who lived here; they weren’t “ghetto,”… Continue Reading
The long-suffering College Hill neighborhood hasn’t been in the news much, but it was wracked with violence a while back. There is a lot of abandonment, and then you come across a duplex like the one above, built in the… Continue Reading
I’ve long been intrigued by the dense collection of houses built just after the Civil War to the northeast of the intersection of Gravois and Jefferson. What fire insurance maps and Compton and Dry show as some sort of large… Continue Reading
JeffVanderLou is easily one of the most devastated and forgotten neighborhoods in the city. Straddling Grand Boulevard, it is not in the news anymore, as there are few people left. This poor church, below, was ravaged by brick thieves years… Continue Reading
Built in 1956, this block of JeffVanderLou was in the middle of a solid middle class neighborhood. It’s still relatively stable, but the vacant houses are showing up around it. What will the neighborhood look in another sixty years?