Fox Park is an amazing neighborhood, full of some very old houses from the 187os up to the 1920s. Streets south of Russell Boulevard were working class, with stout Italianate and Second Empire houses. I visited this block back in… Continue Reading
I went to a panel discussion in the Laclede Gas Building, and took the opportunity to take some pictures of the Chemical Building across the street. The contrast with the Old Post Office creates one of my favorite street corners… Continue Reading
Messing around on Google Maps, I realized that the strip of land to the north of Fairgrounds Park, and Lee Avenue (extra wide for streetcars) is a fascinating area of small back streets. Too wide for one whole block, and… Continue Reading
There are so many wonderful houses that are still possible rehab opportunities. As long the side walls are stable (and sometimes when they’re not) a building can still be saved.
I love these little two story Second Empire houses, such as the ones here on N. Florissant Avenue. This wood frame one is incredibly rare. There is one over on Mallinckrodt Street, also in Hyde Park.
The neighborhood around St. Engelbert’s is mostly from the early Twentieth Century, but some older houses are scattered throughout. These businesses above probably served parishioners coming out of Mass, or school children at the nearby school. But then there are… Continue Reading
I’ve always been intrigued by these tract homes along Bates just east of Grand. I don’t think they were built in the 19th Century, when the Second Empire style was most popular. They were in fact built in 1905.
I’ve been watching these proud houses slowly collapse, on what should be a desirable street, right across from a beautiful park. There are some well-maintained buildings, such as this house and office building. And these massive buildings are in great… Continue Reading
The houses across the street from the Krey Packing Plant are largely abandoned now, unfortunately. Though, some buildings are still occupied, such as the one in the middle, next door to this storefront church. One wonders about the future of… Continue Reading