There are some cool Modernist office buildings on State Street, such as the one above. This billboard stands isolated in the middle of some undergrowth and trees. Nelson Mandela Elementary School is not very old, but it was already closed.… Continue Reading
Many houses sit on streets that are blocked off, and abandoned houses’ grass and trees grow out of control. It is a strangely isolated area, with all of the closed streets.
My favorite mystery house in JeffVanderLou is now a daycare, apparently.
Meadowbrook Country Club is part golf course, and part subdivision, which wraps itself around the greens. There are some interesting Modernist houses mixed in among later houses. The properties seem to have developed over the course of several decades. Houses… Continue Reading
Did you ever have a friend who went through a rough patch, and then when they finally moved past that hardship, they just never were the same anymore? That’s sort of what I feel like when I look at Northwest… Continue Reading
After we saw a news report about how devastated St. Louis Mills was, we knew we needed to take a trip out there Saturday morning. We were not disappointed–I don’t think I’ve seen any other malls in my Dead Malls… Continue Reading
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