The first year this website existed, I visited the Scott Joplin House, a museum dedicated to one of the most important music innovators in American history. Not much has changed around there in nine years. Likewise, theses stunning houses, just… Continue Reading
Fulton, Missouri is a college town, with some nice historic architecture. Due to St. Louis building codes, you miss out on the great wood frame buildings of the Nineteenth Century that you witness out in the country. But wow, look… Continue Reading
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.
I have a different attitude compared to most people, I realized. I don’t see these buildings as losses (though they will be demolished for the NGA), but rather lost potential. They’re beautiful; they could be fixed up, easily. But nobody… Continue Reading
Apparently, before there was Compton Heights, there was an earlier Compton Heights. Laid out along what was then Pontiac, there were several huge lots facing the Compton Hill Reservoir. And I discovered this all because that wall along Russell Boulevard… Continue Reading
Due to a coincidence, the ninth anniversary of this website (technically back in May, but who’s checking) and my 3,000th post (again, a technicality since a few have been erased over the years or imported from other defunct blogs I… Continue Reading
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
Still there, but now it’s been dead for years.