North Grand Boulevard’s speeds are too fast to encourage business and pedestrian traffic, though there are a fair number of people on foot dodging cars on the sad blocks north of Grand Center. Mother’s Fish is still in business after… Continue Reading
Well, demolition certainly has been speeding up over at the old St. Mary’s. A giant, Tyrannosaurus Rex-like claw was biting away at the Modernist addition on the west on Saturday when I came by. You can’t see them, but there… Continue Reading
Fulton, Missouri is a college town, with some nice historic architecture. Due to St. Louis building codes, you miss out on the great wood frame buildings of the Nineteenth Century that you witness out in the country. But wow, look… Continue Reading
Long-suffering St. Mary’s Infirmary, or the old Malcolm-Bliss, is finally being put out of its misery. One half of the building, up to the central hallway, has been demolished. I’m sad, but realistically, it was in danger of collapse, and… Continue Reading
I have a different attitude compared to most people, I realized. I don’t see these buildings as losses (though they will be demolished for the NGA), but rather lost potential. They’re beautiful; they could be fixed up, easily. But nobody… Continue Reading
The southern wall of the square is one of the longest preserved row of Italianate storefronts I’ve seen in the Midwest. Its existence is a treasure. It’s changed little since 2008.
In a first for this website, I’m actually publishing pictures I’d let sit around for years after I published later photos. But renewed interest in Edina’s stunning west wall of buildings got me to pull these out of storage. It… Continue Reading
Don’t forget, as amazing the mansions in Compton Heights are, there are a wealth of stunning Second Empire houses dating back to the 1870s and 80s in the area, on the back streets or Compton Avenue. They represent an era… Continue Reading
There are so many beautiful buildings that could be rehabbed on the southern end of the neighborhood. Hopefully help will come soon.
Sometimes it’s fun just to walk the streets of Old North and marvel at how much work has been done. I’d love to see it in twenty years.