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
Adrienne Davis’s former adult daycare, driven out of business by the City of St. Louis, sits vacant. It will be torn down soon for the new spy agency.
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.
So this is where the one house that is being moved will end up, on St. Louis Avenue. Thus the original Strassberger’s Conservatory was removed. Here is what the building looked like, after suffering ownership by Paul McKee for almost… Continue Reading
The block containing the Arcade-Wright and Paul Brown Buildings is the only block with completely preserved historic office buildings. The masterfully restored Arcade-Wright Building, with its distinctive shopping arcade, is one of the most important renovations in the last decade.
This building, like many older office buildings in downtown St. Louis, received a Modernist slipcover in the 1950s or 60s, its owners now ashamed of its historic architecture. The slipcovers have started to come off these old buildings, revealing often… Continue Reading
So, in one of the first times I have been rendered speechless, Lismore Avenue has just received two new curbs cuts. Mind you, there is no one living on this block, and there is little reason why anyone would walk… 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
Other than some concrete pillars, part of what I think were originally meat refrigeration, Armour Meat Packing is now gone. The transformation of the old National Stockyards is continuing, with the hope that the new bridge and flat land will… Continue Reading
St. Matthew’s is just one of many closed German Lutheran churches left scattered around the city. It’s a nice example of a German Gothic Hallkirche, where the buttresses are attached and there is no transept. Look at those little flying… Continue Reading