The Magic Chef Factory is being demolished, to make ready for what will probably be the largest redevelopment ever for The Hill neighborhood. I came by and snapped some pictures of the complex, which had fascinating curves in it for… Continue Reading
The days are numbered for the old Kingshighway Viaduct, about to be reduced to rubble in the next month or so. I stopped by to take some pictures of the demolition, only to realize it had not yet begun. Turns… Continue Reading
Photo by Jason Gray.
We were surprised to see this shield motif so low on a storefront wall on the Hill. Normally they appear much higher.
I wish I could have seen this area before interstates came crashing through; I-44 was built less than a decade before I was born, but the damage was already done. Volunteer trees have been cleared from the chain link fence,… Continue Reading
Most people know that interstates cut up neighborhoods, destroying urban fabric, but perhaps the most egregious example is what I-44 did to the Hill. One row of houses were preserved, permanently cut off the majority of the neighborhood. There is… Continue Reading
Most people have traveled up and over the crumbling South Kingshighway Viaduct, but unless you’re taking the bizarre detour for Shaw Avenue, there is little reason to go down there. Built in 1936, supposedly by the Missouri Highway Department, it… Continue Reading
Update: Demolished in late 2017. We learned from the owner of the giant building on South Kingshighway on The Hill that the huge edifice was once the Magic Chef Factory. Above is what was originally the front door of the… Continue Reading