Romanesque Revival architecture melded with Second Empire details dominates the east side of Illinois Avenue, across from Benton Park. I love the mixing of styles, creating new hybrids.
I really think that Benton Park has some of the best architecture in the city of St. Louis, and its grand Second Empire homes show the beauty of the decades after the Civil War.
At the corner of 9th Street and Lucas Avenue.
No longer the Roberts Orpheum, but back to just the Orpheum, the beauty of the terracotta decoration even on the side of the theater on St. Charles Street is stunning. Here are some details.
The slender Mayfair Hotel, now a member of the Magnolia chain, strikes a narrow profile in downtown St. Louis. But it’s a very beautiful building, with some similarities to the other hotels that popped up here in the Early Twentieth… Continue Reading
I wrote about this masterpiece in my article about the Compton Heights House Tour. Here are more photos of this amazing house on Longfellow.
Don’t forget, as amazing the mansions in Compton Heights are, there are a wealth of stunning Second Empire houses dating back to the 1870s and 80s in the area, on the back streets or Compton Avenue. They represent an era… Continue Reading
Down a side street, and partially hidden by trees, is one of the most intriguing examples of the two story “micromansion,” as Rob Powers christened them many years ago. But this one is special, as it has an marble or… Continue Reading
There are so many beautiful buildings that could be rehabbed on the southern end of the neighborhood. Hopefully help will come soon.