Oops, someone didn’t fill in the old Union Quarry well enough and the houses have all settled! And now they’re being torn down one at a time. Essex Court, as it was called, was a common occurrence after the quarries… Continue Reading
Tucked away in between I-70 and Natural Bridge Avenue, the Penrose neighborhood seems both isolated and heavily populated at the same time. Yes, there is abandonment, but along the strangely narrow streets, there is a lot of life. There are… Continue Reading
Years ago, I asked some of my students who live in North St. Louis about that intriguing Modernist hotel on Kingshighway just north of Natural Bridge Avenue. In response, one of my students replied, “That’s not a hotel, that’s a… Continue Reading
Built in 1909 according to plans by William Ittner, the Ashland School is still occupied, which is a pleasant surprise when so many are going empty.
Tucked up in the bend of I-70 that now leaves most of its streets truncated to the north, I found the most interesting, quiet part of the Northside. The area still has a fair amount of wood frame houses, indicating… Continue Reading
Hard up along the county line, we discovered a whole neighborhood of early Twentieth Century industrial buildings, some in the process of being demolished, some just sitting vacant, and others that seemed to be occupied, or at least available for… Continue Reading
Lee Avenue is for some reason a broad, open street, with a fascinating mix of architectural styles. You can almost see the development of the city decade by decade as you drive along it.
We discovered another amazing Modernist enclave in North St. Louis, just to the northeast of Natural Bridge and Kinghsighway. Originally a victory garden during World War II, it was purchased by a developer and turned into ranch houses in the… Continue Reading
Nestled under the crushing embrace of I-70 to the north, and plotted out over relatively hilly terrain, this corner of North St. Louis doesn’t get a lot of visitors. The house above looks like it could be out of the… Continue Reading