The Union Trust Building has reopened as a boutique hotel, Hotel St. Louis, after languishing in vacancy for at least a decade. I approve of how it turned out. There was not no way to return the building to its… Continue Reading
I dug some old photographs of Westport Plaza out of my files; I do not remember how old they are, but they are certainly from a long time ago, at least pre-2012. I like them as they capture a time… Continue Reading
I stumbled across this public housing complex in northern East St. Louis. It is extremely isolated, and it was surprising to be driving around two story houses, and heavy undergrowth, to all of the sudden see these manila brick-colored apartments… 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
The Union Trust Building is one of my favorite Louis Sullivan buildings, and I was able to find the parking garage across the street to be open and accessible for me to get some shots with my iPhone. I’ll be… Continue Reading
Interior demolition of the Union Trust Building are beginning, and I’m excited to see the final result. It’s been empty for too long, and perhaps the Chemical Building next door will be next.
So it’s been over a decade since the Century Building has been torn down, and the 9th Street Garage, built in its place, has managed not to collapse in that time period. A friend of mine, who worked on the… Continue Reading
I found some old pictures my family took from the Arch back in 1986-7; in the upper left, you can see the Cupples Warehouses sitting vacant. The first Kiener Plaza, now demolished, was just starting construction. The ash trees are… Continue Reading
Designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassebaum, the Gateway Tower opened in 1966.
The block containing the Arcade-Wright and Paul Brown Buildings is the only block with completely preserved historic office buildings. The masterfully restored Arcade-Wright Building, with its distinctive shopping arcade, is one of the most important renovations in the last decade.