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.
The Loop still has some great architecture, and the street is still busy with the construction of the trolley moving further east. Narrowing the street to encourage pedestrian traffic is a winning formula, even as it is still considered to… Continue Reading
Quiet on a Saturday afternoon, Wood River’s downtown hosts an array of early Twentieth Century architecture.
I love the old Falstaff Plant 10 over on Shenandoah, Lemp and Gravois. It sits forgotten, right in plain sight. I also find it sort of interesting the half dozen or more owners and names that have occupied these buildings… Continue Reading
The Museum of Transportation possesses some of the best examples of steam engines in the world, but they’ve also taken in other transportation-related lost souls as well. The last remnant of the famous Coral Courts Motel, ignominiously demolished in the… Continue Reading
Starting at the top of Third Street in downtown Burlington, Iowa, I walked down the hill into the heart of the city’s business district. Like most Iowa towns along the Mississippi River, there are steep hills and bluffs rising up… Continue Reading
I’m continually blown away by the sheer variety of housing styles and the creativity of the brickwork in the neighborhoods south of Gravois and west of Jefferson. Really the northern part of Dutchtown, it’s now known as Benton Park West,… Continue Reading
Long before modern manufacturing plants moved to the suburbs or surrounded themselves with gigantic parking lots, industry sat cheek to cheek with the houses of its workers. Imagine, an America where most people walked to work, from the rows of… Continue Reading