I’m eternally fascinated by the relatively isolated Pleasantview Road, with its beautiful barns and farmhouses. The rubble up above used to be a corn crib, I believe. Pleasantview School, slowly converted to storage lockers, seems to have stalled out. That… Continue Reading
It’s always interesting to take new people to places that I’ve grown accustomed to after multiple visits. Take the small town of Moline Acres, just up 367 from the city. The travails of the Lewis and Clark Tower, which was… Continue Reading
I finally made it over to Signal Hill, which sits in the undulating landscape of the bluffs that tower over the American Bottom opposite St. Louis. A wonderful, eclectic mix of houses greets the visitor.
The Christ the King Chapel sits one floor below the Mary Chapel, and since the shrine is built into a natural amphitheater, opens onto a back parking lot. The decorative scheme seems to show the Stations of the Cross. I… Continue Reading
I was in the neighborhood, so I stopped by the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, without snow like the last time I was there. It’s a great building, and is always deserted when I visit.
Out near the western edges of the city, a certain Baron de Hodiamont lived in the early 19th Century. His house still survives, but his estate was developed over the years into what was a plush residential neighborhood. There’s the… Continue Reading
Maple Avenue through the West End shows the beauty of this part of the city north of Delmar. It is sad to see how much is abandoned.
The construction method of this building allowed its salvation–or did it? Was this in-fill that was sheathed in one course of brick, and the brick thieves came and carted it off? Someone has been living in it recently, as the… Continue Reading
Oops, someone didn’t fill in the old Union Quarry well enough and the houses have all settled! And now they’re being torn down one at a time. Essex Court, as it was called, was a common occurrence after the quarries… Continue Reading
Years ago, I asked some of my students who live in North St. Louis about that intriguing Modernist hotel on Kingshighway just north of Natural Bridge Avenue. In response, one of my students replied, “That’s not a hotel, that’s a… Continue Reading