The old Shriners’ Hospital, still receiving the finishing touches on its renovation in this photograph, is now open as apartments. Senior citizens interested in taking my OASIS class on Fifteenth Century Italian Renaissance art can sign up for the three… Continue Reading
This fire station is interesting in that it occupies a small portion of the corner of Hyde Park.
People have been hyperventilating for years that this wonderful Spanish Colonial Revival building, which was built for a school that served the deaf, was going to be torn down. It is obviously being renovated right now, so everyone can calm… Continue Reading
Hawthorne and Longfellow Boulevards are famous in Compton Heights, branching off as they do from the gates right off of Grand Boulevard, but there’s also Milton Boulevard, which cuts off (and is a two-way street) from Hawthorne over to Nebraska… Continue Reading
The Fairgrounds neighborhood is isolated by closed streets and Fairgrounds Park on the south, but it is an interesting, eclectic neighborhood, architecturally. It shows evidence of having been built up over a very long time, and some houses can already… Continue Reading
Another school sits vacant and vandalized; this time it is the old parish school of St. Thomas Aquinas. The caramel terracotta, seen in Southwest St. Louis, looks like marble.
More of Dutchtown south on Compton. Just look at that house above; hardly anybody puts that much effort into making a small house that beautiful anymore today. It might be one of the most striking houses in the city.
I’ve always enjoyed this building, with the huge windows on the second floor. I suspect the brick was not painted originally.
Lafayette Avenue, long replaced by I-44, is lined with some stunning houses on it, and its side streets. Above is a funeral parlor, probably built for that function. Above, this stately Second Empire mansion sits in the trees; I’ll come… Continue Reading
It starts out strong enough, rows of rehabbed buildings with award-winning restaurants around Compton Avenue. Then it starts to get a little more quiet, and the buildings, while well-maintained, start to look a little less august. And then the giant… Continue Reading