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 still is plenty of St. Louis Place left, with rows of beautiful houses, dating back to the late Nineteenth Century. But it will require hard work, one house at a time; there is no magic “game changer” project that… Continue Reading
I took a picture of the houses below almost a decade ago. I love to see how Benton Park has changed for the better over the years. Look at how the new trees have blossomed! There are several half-flounders scattered… Continue Reading
I love the variety of housing in Benton Park, primarily built in the years surrounding and after the Civil War. The architecture has many varieties, but Second Empire dominates. This house below is still sitting vacant; I could just a… Continue Reading
Designed by William Rumbold–who also aided in the design of the Old Courthouse–when St. Louis was still in St. Louis County, the giant edifice that was once called the Insane Asylum dominates the southwestern portion of the city, on the… Continue Reading
I wonder what that crane is doing, I asked one weekend. A week or two later, I received my answer. The massive smoke stacks of the Ashley Street Power Plant are being replaced, and these rusty remnants are the old… 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.
The stunning renovation of the old Cherokee Brewery is continuing, with tuckpointing having removed the ugly red paint that had slathered the building for decades. The brick masonry between the two huge doors will be replaced soon, and the doors… Continue Reading
The point of this website is to promote the forgotten corners of this city, and I sometimes neglect the more well known places, such as Lafayette Square. But the Second Empire mansions lining Lafayette Square are still spectacular, coming around… Continue Reading
What reinvestment could do for a neighborhood such as Hyde Park, full of small bungalows like the one above, perfect for a first-time home buyers. Little old wood frame houses may be in bad shape, but they represent an important… Continue Reading