The county seat of Scotland County, Memphis, sits high on elevated ground looking out over the farmland of northeastern Missouri. It is a pretty town, with a dramatic setting. It has at least one National Register property, Downing House, which… Continue Reading
Starting this week, I’m beginning a series called “Towns I saw on the weather map in college but never visited.” The first town is Shelbina, sitting on US Highway 36 in Shelby County. Its location on rail lines and the now… Continue Reading
The cool proto-modern Ensenberger, with elements of Art-Deco styling, has now been converted into condos. Designed by Arthur L. Pillsbury and Phillip Hooten, it opened in 1926. Apparently, the current facade is newer than the building itself, having been reskinned… Continue Reading
Bloomington’s east side possesses a wealth of architecture, well maintained, healthy and classic. Here are some of the houses I saw. Heavy on the Italianate, and then on the Queen Anne Style, as many Illinois towns are, I was interested… Continue Reading
The interior of the McLean County Courthouse is stunning, with a central rotunda that stretches from the first floor up into the dome. Due to a net that stretches across the base of the dome to prevent plaster from falling… Continue Reading
Designed by William Reeves and John M. Baile, the old McLean County Courthouse sits in the middle of the square in downtown Bloomington. A hulking 1903 Beaux-Arts structure that is quite beautiful even perhaps if the Baroque dome is a… Continue Reading
I know for a fact that years ago this unique facade had been completely obscured by re-skins, and from the looks of it, there might be more surprises on the left side of the building.
I’ve looked at these houses before, but I came back to look again. Look at the little guy above; probably it was originally built as an alley house. But then, going north, the old Lutheran Hospital is to the east,… Continue Reading
Just south of Sump Coffee is this stellar row of houses, lining the east side of the street.
It’s had a lot of names over the years, and is now apartments, but the Smith Academy began as a trade school. It later was part of the public schools and had an affiliation with Washington University. It was rehabbed… Continue Reading