Despite the assurances of plenty of nay-sayers, the abandoned Arlington School, which I photographed in 2009, could be saved and is now impeccably restored. Tasteful in-fill has been added around the old school.
I know the house above was built sometime in the last two decades, but now it sits abandoned as well. What is the point of putting a band-aid on a gaping chest wound? It looks to have been gutted by… Continue Reading
Lafayette Avenue, long replaced by I-44, is lined with some stunning houses on it, and its side streets. Above is a funeral parlor, probably built for that function. Above, this stately Second Empire mansion sits in the trees; I’ll come… Continue Reading
JeffVanderLou is easily one of the most devastated and forgotten neighborhoods in the city. Straddling Grand Boulevard, it is not in the news anymore, as there are few people left. This poor church, below, was ravaged by brick thieves years… Continue Reading
I wonder what was here originally.
I continue to be fascinated by this ridiculous abandoned in-fill house, which at most was occupied for less than five years. Its Virginia owners, I realized, spent some real dough on adding that really nice front gate, and this nice… Continue Reading
In this week’s most interesting mystery, I was driving down North Market through JeffVanderLou and came across this sight; an in-fill building, built in 2003 by a housing charity, the National Benevolent Association, and abandoned since at least 2008 when I… Continue Reading
Just west of the Lafayette Avenue bridge that leads to Soulard Market, there is a small neighborhood of beautifully preserved houses. Whether it’s in Soulard, the LaSalle Park neighborhood, or the larger Frenchtown area may be debated, but not the… Continue Reading
Along with various Webster Groves stations, the Kirkwood railroad station served generations of commuters to downtown and other locations. It still serves as an Amtrak station. The architecture is interesting, best described as influenced by Romanesque architecture with some Shingle… Continue Reading
Redevelopment is coming to McRee Avenue, though many buildings still empty. Perhaps what is most striking is the variable housing stock, everything from a stately house that one could see in the Central West End to more humble structures. The… Continue Reading