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’s 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
St. Joseph’s Hospital has been around since the Nineteenth Century, but what often happens is that the original buildings are torn down and replaced in the mid-Twentieth Century. Such is this case at this hospital, which is an interesting mix… Continue Reading
It’s since been turned into a restaurant, but the old water works is an impressive example of Art Deco architecture.
Looks like there’s a new visitors’ center attached to the First Capitol. Interesting to imagine how state politics would have been different if the capital hadn’t been moved to Jefferson City.
It’s interesting to see how “regular” houses, in other words, not row houses, are mixed in with the older dwellings on Main Street.
Among the houses are more traditional storefronts, some of which were probably originally residences that have been converted as the density and commercial nature of the street evolved.