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Around the Gates, University City

The sun was setting as I took some pictures of the gates to University Heights, just to the west of the Loop. The lions are actually concrete casts of the originals, which are now in an undisclosed location. I still… Continue Reading

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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 5, Meramec Street Between California and Ohio Avenues

While Meramec Street in Dutchtown is famous for St. Anthony of Padua and its commercial strip, it becomes more residential as it heads east towards South Broadway. Above, there is one of William B. Ittner’s amazing designs, Meramec Elementary from… Continue Reading

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Northeast Peoria, August 2019

Perhaps I was being too optimistic when I first documented Peoria northeast of downtown back in 2013. I have been back, and while there is a wonderful group of houses that have been carefully restored back to their original grandeur,… Continue Reading

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Cote Brilliante Avenue, Revisited

Cote Brilliante Avenue starts out nice enough just northeast of the intersection of Kingshighway and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, but it quickly turns bad the further you go east. You might recognize the street’s name from the nightly news,… Continue Reading