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
I love the funky renovations to this old Second Empire store, replete with decorative concrete blocks in the window and the cedar wood paneling above the door. It sits vacant now, obviously.
College Hill is always a neighborhood where I feel an intense feeling of sadness. It has beautiful, rolling hills, and great views of the Mississippi River. But it just seems wracked by violence, and there seems little chance of a… Continue Reading
Up at the crest of the hill at Arsenal and Gravois, the buildings are affected by the roar of traffic flying by. Widened in the early decades of the Twentieth Century, Gravois is now the equivalent of seven lanes wide… Continue Reading
One the streets where Dan once walked, the houses are mostly abandoned now. I hope he’s alright, wherever he ended up. I had checked on him last year, and he was gone.
There are a wealth of beautiful houses lining the side streets north of Cass Avenue and the once-fashionable Midtown. Sadly, it does not seem like redevelopment will make it to this unique neighborhood in time. The stunning Second Empire rowhouses… Continue Reading
I went back and drove down MLK Dr, which was obviously at some point a major artery from the northwest side of the city. I realized that the front of this building, and the ones below, date from when the… Continue Reading
This Second Empire house, and its two-story half flounder neighbor, sit next to each other on a quiet street. They’re both abandoned now, but perhaps one day they will come back to life.
A church in St. Louis never just a building with a sanctuary in it. It was an entire complex, or even campus, in some instances. The church would have a parsonage, or office for the priest or pastor. And schools… Continue Reading