I once wrote that George I. Barnett designed the Grand Water Tower to look like it was the relic of a long-gone civilization, and with the way that the city has disappeared around it, his wish has ironically come true.… Continue Reading
I almost wonder if the Grand Water Tower (yes, I know it’s technically a standpipe) would look better as a red brick Corinthian column. It’s almost there.
I like the different perspective that the winter brings to Bellefontaine Cemetery with the leaves off the trees, as the lay of the land is more obvious with its undulations and dips and bobs. The light is harsh and stark,… Continue Reading
I came to the sad realization that the entire east side of 20th Street in Hyde Park (some consider this to be College Hill, but I don’t) is abandoned south of the Grand Water Tower. In February, I photographed the… Continue Reading
There was a golden layer of leaves on the ground in Bellefontaine Cemetery when I visited a couple of weeks ago, and the light made everything glow.
More of my photos dug up from September 2011 reveal the beautiful Old Main Hall at Augustana University, built in 1883 in what I would describe in an Italianate/proto-Beaux-Arts style. It is most certainly not Beaux Arts in the purest… Continue Reading
As I came over a high hill in the rugged northeastern corner of Iowa on U.S. Route 18, I looked down into the valley below and I could have sworn I was seeing a village in Vermont. As I entered… Continue Reading
Over the next three weeks on Thursdays and Fridays, I’ll be looking at the three east-west streets parallel to Cherokee Street in Gravois Park, the neighborhood to the south of the famous commercial artery. This is where the east-west streets… Continue Reading
I can’t imagine that Louis Obert was not thinking of his fellow beer baron Anton Griesedieck’s monument in Bellefontaine Cemetery when commissioning his own grave in New St. Marcus Cemetery, where the stepson of Adam Lemp and his family is… Continue Reading
I stopped around the center of Bellefontaine Cemetery and noticed a couple of elegant family plots, including the Campbell and Ranken squares, each centered around an obelisk. But I was also intrigued by this monument with a mother and two… Continue Reading