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
The old “Home for the Friendless” is getting new life; I the renovation looks very nice from the outside. This is a perfect place for senior apartments, close to the interstate so relatives can visit quickly.
There’s not much left to say about the demolition of Crestwood Mall; we have not learned from our past, and will continue to make the same mistakes. Plan on Gravois Bluffs being demolished forty or fifty years from now. Trust… 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
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