St. Louisans, until apparently the latter half of the 20th Century, always peacefully coexisted as renter and owner on the same block. Check out these apartments up above–there were certainly many high class places around the city. West Belle Place… Continue Reading
Across the street is this magnificent house, rotting away by itself. Sometimes these houses defy easy classification architecturally–they’re so inventive and eclectic. Look how this shingled pediment truncates in the back, where the service wing bends out.
If one death of a great house is a tragedy, and the death of a thousand grand homes is a statistic, let’s just focus on this one house–one of thousands that now sits empty or have already been demolished. Looks… Continue Reading
It’s sort of interesting; they built tract housing back in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, but they just did a really good job of hiding it! But what I always see in these rows of houses is rhythm, the… Continue Reading
Newberry Terrace is a beautiful street, but its future is uncertain. Look at those houses, and imagine what it was like, and if we had the right attitude about reinvestment, what it could be again.
The old Hodiamont Streetcar line is still owned by Metro.
At first glance, I thought this was the old carriage house of 4502 Lewis Place, but when I got home and looked at the picture, and also checked Sanborn maps, I have come to the conclusion that after the neighborhood… Continue Reading
This is definitely not an April Fools’ Day post. Heading west from the old synagogue, we were shocked at the severe state of desolation and abandonment along Vernon Avenue. It was really, really sad to see this. This is St.… Continue Reading
Wow, what an amazing structure! The old Shaare Zedek Synagogue is now occupied by the equally historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, but the beauty of the house of worship still shows through. I find Jewish architecture intriguing. Since it… Continue Reading