Over east of Goodfellow, the housing stock has more variety, with a strange mix of Cape Cods and early Twentieth Century apartment buildings. There are few people left, but the plywood is new on many of the buildings; the abandonment… Continue Reading
What a beautiful building, I thought. It needs some work, though. Then as I walked by, the sunlight came through the staircase, and as I rounded its side, I realized its porch had collapsed, and the back part of the… Continue Reading
Hamilton Avenue cuts up along the western side of Wells-Goodfellow, and is the second to last street after Hodiamont before the city limits. There is extensive abandonment, and increasing number of vacant lots.
We explored Wells-Goodfellow for two hours on foot a couple of Saturdays ago, and over the next month, I will show what we saw. Walking up Hamilton Avenue, we saw destruction, vacant lots and beautiful buildings, still holding up in… Continue Reading
The old factory in Walnut Park, a victim of changing economic and technological times, is being demolished. It was never the most impressive abandoned building, but the weird mix of junk inside was famous.
There are some truly beautiful houses up at the crest of the hill where the Bissell Water Tower stands. They’re in good condition, for the most part, including this old wood frame house below, probably built when this was the… Continue Reading
I find myself drawn back to these old wood frame shotgun houses in the Ville, dating back probably to as early as the 1870s, when this was a rural village named Elleardsville. The African-American middle class was shoved into these… Continue Reading
The only possibly good thing that came out of the tragic loss of the old refrigeration warehouse were the elaborate ice sculptures left behind by the firefighters’ water, fighting a fire on one of the coldest days of the year.… Continue Reading
What a shame. This warehouse, once part of the St. Louis Refrigeration and Cold Storage complex, will be demolished after a horrible fire gutted its interior. Major losses along the Near North Riverfront continue. No stadium is coming, and seemingly… Continue Reading