There’s still a fair bit of the remnants of the distant outbuildings of Union Station, down towards the Mill Creek railyards. This maintenance building, now roofless, once sat right where the tracks headed into the station from the main lines.… Continue Reading
The demolition of the vibrant if rundown Mill Creek Valley in the name of urban renewal in the 1950’s is increasingly well-documented. But I realized that in its place rose some interesting Modernist office buildings, perhaps more fitting for a… Continue Reading
The Castle Ballroom, nominated for the National Register of Historic Places, is a little rough around the edges right now, but is still a stable and important building. One of the few buildings left from the historic Mill Creek neighborhood,… Continue Reading
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OscD07IxII&w=420&h=315]I found this old video for social services in St. Louis; it features some fascinating views of a St. Louis now largely gone. I suspect some of the footage is from the central corridor demolished in the 1950’s and… Continue Reading
Update: Now the home of Arch Reactor. Why is this building still here, and the other fifty building within a two block radius all gone? It is one of the great mysteries of urban renewal; why do the wrecking balls… Continue Reading
I also determined that there was a large brick roundhouse right in the middle of the Mill Creek Valley just east of Compton Ave. The two Sanborn maps show the whole complex; for a sense of place, the little wood… Continue Reading
St. Louis has had a long love/hate relationship for the blocks of the city just south of Market Street. What was once an actual stream, Mill Creek, slowly transformed over the course of the city’s history. In a way, the… Continue Reading
Such an amazing space, and in my opinion much more useful as a wide open space, clear of impediments. We will see what the future holds for the train shed.