This little guy is the last of what was originally five row houses, perhaps only saved because it used its stout neighbors for support. But it gets even more exciting on the side, where obvious signs of the neighboring house… Continue Reading
Just look at how beautiful these backyards are (and could be), shaded by this large tree. This is living close to your neighbors, requiring to actually get to know them.
I’m constantly drawn back to this row of houses, owned by the State of Missouri. Elegant, neighborly, and still full of potential since the State has stabilized them, they need to be sold to the right developer. This is a… Continue Reading
I wrote about this desolate block of Samuel Shepard Drive last month, discovering that a daughter of the founder of the Veiled Prophet probably lived here. It is marked for demolition by the State of Missouri, which owns the properties… Continue Reading
The broken limbs and trunks brought down in the midsummer storm were cleared out of the street relatively quickly, except on those forgotten streets of abandoned houses.
In the first year of this website, I visited the Scott Joplin House. I hadn’t been back on foot until last month; I drove through back in late July. Why is that? Scott Joplin is a fascinating character, and incredibly… Continue Reading
The Washington and Compton Presbyterian Church was an outgrowth of 2nd Presbyterian, first known as Walnut Street Presbyterian in 1864. This church was built in the late 1870s, and served was occupied until 1926, when it was renamed and moved… Continue Reading
Midtown has been reimagined several times, first as an extension of the downtown area in the early Twentieth Century, and then again in the 1950s as there seems to be an attempt at keeping the neighborhood relevant. These small Modernist… Continue Reading
Records show that the tall, beautiful Beaux-Arts style warehouse was the part of the Monument Plumbing Supply Company in 1917. Its architecture shows the influence of Roman architecture, with a dentilated cornice and strong vertical lines dominated by pilasters. There… Continue Reading
It starts out strong enough, rows of rehabbed buildings with award-winning restaurants around Compton Avenue. Then it starts to get a little more quiet, and the buildings, while well-maintained, start to look a little less august. And then the giant… Continue Reading