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
What is like to live along busy Skinker Boulevard west of Forest Park? There are some cool houses, one in Spanish Revival, while others in more eclectic styles. Many have heavy bushes in front of their houses for privacy.
This apartment building reminds me more of something I would see in Chicago, with its horseshoe interior courtyard. The ornament is both Spanish and Moorish at the same time. The switch from red brick had fully arrived.
Another of the great Ittner/Milligan legacy, the Dewey School was designed by Rockwell Milligan in 1917. It has a great mixture of styles, including Romanesque and Moorish elements. Like many of their schools, there is no central portal, but two… Continue Reading
Built in 1932, this house followed the newly fashionably Spanish Revival style, popularized by Hollywood.