This is the perfect opportunity to announce to readers that I’ve created a new tag for Sculpture, which I realized filled a need that the Monuments tag was not filling. Now of course, some monuments will also get the Sculpture… Continue Reading
The very first post for Tower Grove South was way back in April of 2009, almost two years after I started St. Louis Patina, and it was about the threatened demolition of Mann Elementary School. That seems like a million… Continue Reading
I’ve often remarked that Romanesque Revival churches in St. Louis are not fully Romanesque, but are often Gothic Revival in their massing. In the case of the former Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, the building is instead a pure Romanesque… Continue Reading
I came to the realization recently that I had a grand total of four posts about Tower Grove South out of over 4,500 posts over the last thirteen years, so decided to go take some pictures of the neighborhood. Due… Continue Reading
There are all sorts of places in St. Louis called “The Wedge,” but there is one in Tower Grove South bordered by Gravois to the northwest, Grand to the east, and Chippewa to the south. It is notable in how… Continue Reading
Utah Street widens into a boulevard for two blocks west of Grand, before returning to its normal width. Along that two block stretch are beautifully restored houses in a range of eclectic styles. It is now part of an historic… Continue Reading
It’s a little hard to read, but I think it might say “Scenic Railroad,” meaning that the trains on this trestle went out to Castlewood.
Update: Mann Elementary School was never demolished, and is still in operation with a healthy enrollment with strong community engagement from both staff and parents. It seems weird now to think that it was once under threat of demolition. From… Continue Reading