The fence has gone up, and the houses are coming down. Hot neon pink will presumably not stop several late-night racers who will undoubtedly crash through at some point.
I found some old pictures my family took from the Arch back in 1986-7; in the upper left, you can see the Cupples Warehouses sitting vacant. The first Kiener Plaza, now demolished, was just starting construction. The ash trees are… Continue Reading
Buildings always put their best foot forward on the public side, facing the street. But what if they’re on the corner? It’s interesting to see how builders chose to either leave the side largely unadorned, or lightly decorated. Or look,… Continue Reading
Designed by Sarmiento, the Archdiocese Chancery is a unique building, much more adorned that the AAA further east on Lindell. The small details, like the paving stones above, and the door handle below, show that Modernism is not always devoid… Continue Reading
I was transfixed by the deterioration of this HUD house; I photographed it back in 2015. I will be giving a short talk about 1870s St. Louis on Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30 AM at the Missouri History Museum as… Continue Reading
Crestwood Mall is disappearing, but the recent demolition of the “front” of the mall, built in 1984 opposite the original strip mall shops, has reappeared, temporarily. Most fascinating to me, the curved original facade of the Sears, one of the… Continue Reading
Adrienne Davis’s former adult daycare, driven out of business by the City of St. Louis, sits vacant. It will be torn down soon for the new spy agency.
I know the house above was built sometime in the last two decades, but now it sits abandoned as well. What is the point of putting a band-aid on a gaping chest wound? It looks to have been gutted by… Continue Reading
Eagle-eyed readers may have seen a little Modernist house tucked away behind some undergrowth. I find this little guy fascinating; why is it here?
Over east of Goodfellow, the housing stock has more variety, with a strange mix of Cape Cods and early Twentieth Century apartment buildings. There are few people left, but the plywood is new on many of the buildings; the abandonment… Continue Reading