Supposedly the largest cold storage facility when it was built in 1922, the Federal Cold Storage Company demonstrates the once and continued importance of North Broadway to the transportation and warehousing of food to the area around Produce Row. As… Continue Reading
The Ashley Street Power Plant is still one of the most striking buildings in the entire region, and I returned to photograph it again.
Well, it didn’t take long, and it’s hard to see in this picture, but someone has already attempted to steal the bronze plaque off of the Big Mound Memorial, bending its right side in the process. The monument, in its old… Continue Reading
The irony of the 1901 Laclede Power Company and its famous sign that fronts the river is that it was bought by Laclede Power and Light in 1907. It apparently had five smokestacks 120 feet tall that have long since… Continue Reading
The St. Louis Refrigeration and Cold Storage Company has lost most of its warehouses to demolition (this one, with the same crenelations, still stands to the south), but its power plant is still left. Its once 160 foot smokestack was… Continue Reading
The North Riverfront remains a fascinating, historic place. But I often find myself stymied by closed streets (though not as bad as on the South Riverfront), and superblocks that formed over the years. Also, sometimes street names change, as well.… Continue Reading
The Cotton Belt’s eastern, river side has been spruced up with this great mural. More in the future on this.
I’m sure many of my readers are curious about the proposed football stadium in the Near North Riverfront just north of Laclede’s Landing, hemmed in today by I-44, I-70, the MLK Bridge and the river. It is an incredibly interesting… Continue Reading
The north side of the Ashley Street Power Plant is the more utilitarian, hidden side of this massive edifice, but still sublime.