The massive University City High School was designed by Hugo K. Graf and Wilber Tyson Trueblood, in what I would describe as an Art Deco style. It combines older sculpting traditions with more modern aesthetics in massing and line. It… Continue Reading
Designed by Hugo K. Graf and Wilber Tyson Trueblood, Jackson Park Elementary School opened in 1933. Famed architect William Ittner added on some additions in 1952, late in his career. The school is a wonderful example of late Romanesque Revival… Continue Reading
Formerly dedicated to St. Patrick, this Modernist Roman Catholic church near the intersection of Olive and I-170 is now the Korean national church of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, a martyr who died in the Nineteenth Century. He is the patron saint… Continue Reading
Yes, it’s sort of weird, but a couple hundred feet of Parkview is in St. Louis, in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood, and the vast majority is in University City. The community has its own website. But one thing is for sure;… Continue Reading
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
After writing my recent St. Louis Magazine article about Centenary United Methodist Church, one of the oldest continually operating congregations in downtown St. Louis, and in the city in general, I became interested in the synagogue that backed right up… Continue Reading
Who isn’t captivated by the ornate beauty of University City’s city hall? Originally built as a women’s magazine office building, it was part of a planned ensemble of unique buildings at the entrance of University Heights.
I finally figured out why the lions, which also happen to be a male and female, face towards the Loop. These gates are the entrance to University Heights, a subdivision laid out to the northwest along Delmar. Continuing with the… Continue Reading
Straddling the border between St. Louis and University City on Skinker, Parkview was another private subdivision laid out by Julius Pitzmann. What was once farmland now is heavily forested, with houses peaking out from behind the stately trees. Update: I… Continue Reading
I find alleys fascinating, because they’re where the city lets its guard down.