This is a very historic congregation, first formed in 1885, and the cornerstone was laid in 1894. This is a stout, beautiful brick church, still surviving after disinvestment in the Greater Ville.
Toby Weiss and I love the little Modernist enclaves built after World War 2, unfortunately often on the sites of former quarries. Luckily, many quarries were converted to parks, such as Handy, Eugene Tink Bradley and Windsor Parks, which is… Continue Reading
Way up north, southeast of the intersection of Kingshighway and Natural Bridge Avenue, sits the abandoned Western Lutheran Cemetery. Since individual Lutheran churches all possessed their own cemetery, many of these burial grounds suffered when their church congregation folded. This… Continue Reading
The Greater Ville is the horseshoe-shaped neighborhood that wraps around the Ville. I don’t have a separate tag for the Greater Ville, but originally it was the white area, and the Ville “proper” was African American. But the old shotguns… Continue Reading
I find myself drawn back to these old wood frame shotgun houses in the Ville, dating back probably to as early as the 1870s, when this was a rural village named Elleardsville. The African-American middle class was shoved into these… Continue Reading
The old trolley company building has sprouted a new work of art. I do not know who did it, but it brightens up this abandoned building. I get sadder and sadder every time I drive or walk through the Ville.… Continue Reading
We drove through the Ville neighborhood last week, and I was disappointed to see that the neglect and deterioration has continued. Once the isolated “suburban” town of Elleardsville, the Ville became the center of the middle class in the African-American… Continue Reading
This happened recently. It’s always hard to see houses that you’ve seen before in good condition be reduced to a burned out shell.
The beautiful parish church of St. Matthew sits right on the border between the Ville and the so-called Greater Ville. It is a masterpiece of German Gothic Revival architecture, and is still in operation at the present time.