The block of Lafayette Avenue across from the park between Mississippi Avenue (formerly Park Place) and Nicholson Place is short, but it is packed with history. Sadly, Number 2 on Compton and Dry’s Pictorial St. Louis, the house of John… Continue Reading
“As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.” Luke 21:6 As some readers have helpfully informed me, I am far too… Continue Reading
My discoveries usually begin with a question: why does Clemens Avenue just north of the old St. Luke’s Hospital on Delmar curve in the middle of the block, for seemingly no reason? Looking at old Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, we… Continue Reading
3,999 posts ago, I started this website, back in May of 2007 (the twelfth anniversary is coming up in a couple of months), and while technically a few posts have been deleted for various reasons due to redundancy, or whatnot,… Continue Reading
This parking lot is for the Good Hope church next door. I love the little attendant’s booth. Is this church abandoned?
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
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
Based off the campus of the University of Virginia, the grounds of Truman State University still look good after all of these years being gone. But what’s with the parking lots?
One hundred years ago, it must have been something to travel down South Jefferson, and come across what amounted to a veritable acropolis of German Lutheran society. The Lutheran Hospital, Lutheran School of Nursing, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Concordia Publishing,… Continue Reading
Update: The public housing tower is now completely demolished.