I sometimes forget how beautiful Southwest City is, and how there are row after row of these iconic four-family apartment buildings, each with their own sense of individuality. These are on the north side of Mardel, just east of Hampton… Continue Reading
Designed by A.F. and Arthur Stauder in 1958, St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church is one of the many Modernist churches the Archdiocese constructed in the boom years after World War II. The front entrance is dominated by a… Continue Reading
Viewed across the broad green lawns of the west end of Tower Grove Park, the former Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Innocents cuts an interesting profile among the red brick houses along Kingshighway. The parish closed in 2005, but… Continue Reading
Samuel M. Kennard Elementary School has been in the news recently, so I thought I would check it out, considering that it was designed by the firm of Ittner/Milligen. I realized that this must have been the school the woman… Continue Reading
Designed by William Rumbold–who also aided in the design of the Old Courthouse–when St. Louis was still in St. Louis County, the giant edifice that was once called the Insane Asylum dominates the southwestern portion of the city, on the… Continue Reading
I was surprised, while driving around in the area near the old St. Louis Insane Asylum to find large numbers of streets of houses that look like they date from the late 1940’s or even 50’s. It’s strange, since there… Continue Reading
Sublette Avenue sweeps south down to Oleatha, where its broad boulevard heads east towards Kingshighway. It is truly a special stretch of St. Louis architecture. Dominated by what we call the Gingerbread Style, St. Louis’s own distinctive architectural style from… Continue Reading
This facility once served St. Louis County, long ago before the city seceded.
It’s a little hard to read, but I think it might say “Scenic Railroad,” meaning that the trains on this trestle went out to Castlewood.