The survivalist compound is doing fine on N. Market Street. The vacant gas station at St. Louis Avenue and Parnell, where a homeless couple died in a fire years ago, has not changed. The little church you can see in… Continue Reading
I don’t despise this building, but it was part of a larger plan that ironically was never completed. Its owners forced the demolition of the Ambassador Building, and the crumby, small parking garage could be replaced with more beneficial retail… Continue Reading
The southern wall of the square is one of the longest preserved row of Italianate storefronts I’ve seen in the Midwest. Its existence is a treasure. It’s changed little since 2008.
The terrain rises rapidly on the streets heading up towards the College Hill neighborhood. Look at the house on the right, carefully restored. Up at the top, open lots await. The infamous old nursing home, shut down for unsanitary conditions,… Continue Reading
This cool little Modernist library shows the optimism in America after World War II. It’s in good shape, and busy the day we visited.
Someone out there must know what the story is behind this awesome geodesic dome. It fixes railcars, and that is all we could find out.
More of downtown Wood River, showing the wide variety of architectural styles, including some nice Modernist slip covers.
Quiet on a Saturday afternoon, Wood River’s downtown hosts an array of early Twentieth Century architecture.
This interesting cluster of buildings shows the wealth that arrived in East Alton after World War II, allowing for the construction of a new city hall and police station.
The area around the old Citizens’ Bank consists of your standard suburban development seen after World War II. Automobile-dominated development, with parking lots in front of low-slung buildings, predominates. Now since vacant of major retailers, second string businesses move in.