Historic photographs prove the valley between Chouteau and Forest Park Avenue was never some Lafayette Square-type neighborhood full of beautiful houses that deteriorated into a wasteland. No, it was always a gritty, industrial, traintrack-laced warren where coal dust and smoke… Continue Reading
The old General Electric Consumer & Industrial Lighting factory was closed in 2007, after being in business for over one hundred years. 175 employees lost their jobs. The giant buildings are now either completely abandoned or at the most, underutilized.… Continue Reading
I’ve long said that this website is about breaking down prejudices and showing people that there are many great things about all parts of this city, but man, sometimes there is just nothing good to say about some isolated forgotten… Continue Reading
Update: Thanks to longtime and valued reader Tom Maher, this was identified as Chris Christen Pontiac. The identification was corroborated by old advertisements in the Post-Dispatch. I found this old building, just east of Kienlen Avenue at 6171 Natural Bridge… Continue Reading
This building sits in a sort of no-man’s land, right next to N. Florissant, on a street that doesn’t look like it’s been paved in decades. It has 16,000 square feet if you’re looking for that much space.
Obscured by tress, but yet still a striking building, this group of apartments feature streamline modern details such as glass block windows, buff brick and a simplified ornamental profile. The curved windows anchor the corner of the building, which is… Continue Reading
Kingshighway, the busiest traffic artery in St. Louis, comes to a rather anticlimactic end at a group of beautiful buildings on Gravois Avenue. But again, occupancy is good, and there is an interesting mix of building stock. There’s this cool… Continue Reading
Gravois Avenue tries to keep its urban character right up to the city limits, but the Missouri Department of Transport has done its best to make this stretch of historic buildings about as inhospitable to human beings as possible. It’s… Continue Reading
Back in January, I looked at the Green Book in St. Louis, and the bars that once lined Franklin just north of Mill Creek. They’re all gone, but I did spot this place, perhaps a descendant of those bars.