Sadly, the Liberty Bell Oil Company building was gutted by fire in early June. While it looks like it might be a complete loss, I don’t necessarily believe it should be torn down. Many times these buildings are still salvageable,… Continue Reading
A one lane stretch of Glasgow Avenue heads south from the the Eliot School at North Florissant Avenue. Barely wide enough for a single car with the parked cars, it has some interesting houses. Then there is this interesting storefront,… Continue Reading
I caught this image of Union Station through a break in the old warehouses and office buildings of downtown.
Portions of the Lemp Brewery date back to the Civil War, when William J. Lemp Sr. began to build his new brewery right in the shadow of a fort that guarded the city, just to the west. The malt kiln’s… Continue Reading
Sitting at one of the most prominent intersections of the city, 4th and Washington, the Missouri Athletic Club is one of the most interesting buildings in downtown. Part banqueting hall, sports club, hotel and lounge, it is still a center… Continue Reading
Designed by H. William Kirchner in 1905, what later became the home to Ludwig Aeolian Building, this narrow building reminds us that not all the great treasures of downtown are massive office buildings. Inspired by the Renaissance and the architecture… Continue Reading
The University of Northern Iowa offers a fascinating ensemble of Early Twentieth Century academic buildings arranged around a quadrangle with a relatively unified architectural style and program that lasted until the 1960s when Modernist additions began to appear. Seerley Hall,… Continue Reading
Red brick is popular throughout the city east of Grand, but as the urban area moved west, less and less of it appeared on the front facades of houses. In Compton Heights, owners could afford to have the new tan… Continue Reading
Whether influenced by the Romanesque or Renaissance Revival styles, the grand homes of Compton Heights often features turrets, with conical roofs. A little nod to the fortresses these German immigrants saw in their youth?