The architecture of St. Charles is interesting, because it follows the same styles as St. Louis, but yet expresses them in a different way, more akin to small towns. For starters, the lots are not long and skinny like the… Continue Reading
Founded in 1880, Immaculate Conception was a quiet, rural parish for over a century. But that changed as St. Charles County exploded in population, and while the old church is too small and has been replaced by a new one… Continue Reading
Update: See the beginning of Boone’s Lick Road in downtown St. Louis here.
Up above Main Street, on Second Street, are these wonderful Italianate cottages that look to be from the mid Nineteenth Century. Sometimes I get a little tired of all the flat roofs in St. Louis, and it’s fun to see… Continue Reading
Moving up the hill, there is a row of houses that is anchored with a brick Queen Anne style house. With its complicated roof structure and fenestration on a hilly lot, it strikes quite the pose. It’s fascinating how in… Continue Reading
Located near the old courthouse in downtown St. Charles is this handsome little house, not huge, but somehow its presence sitting high up on this hill drew my eye to it. It’s sort of a mixture of Italianate with a… Continue Reading
The diversity of housing stock in the back streets of St. Charles’s historic inner neighborhoods is impressive, from the Second Empire house above, to the humble worker’s cottage below. Interestingly, much like in St. Louis, these houses are sometimes what… Continue Reading
Designed by Jerome Legg, the second St. Charles courthouse was officially completed in 1913. It now houses the offices of the county executive, after having undergone restoration. It looks much better in the sunshine.
Up the hill from the famous Main Street shopping district, there are still a wealth of interesting buildings, such as the Mid-Century Modern office building by St. Joseph’d Hospital. Of particular interest is the use of decorative brick on two… Continue Reading
The giant curved wall which projects out from the facade of the hospital holds the chapel. Inside, the exterior brick continues around the chapel, and a unique, projecting skylight provides natural illumination for the altar. Minimal fenestration provides light from… Continue Reading