I sometimes find it hard to believe there was once life on the riverfront. It’s just a giant empty expanse of concrete, partially buried train tracks and vacant lots awaiting “redevelopment” that’s probably never coming.
I had been following the demolition of the historic row house and wing of the church on Washington Avenue. I understand that there are reasons why buildings must be torn down, but to leave the vacant lot in such a… Continue Reading
We all knew this was how it was going to end, but it still hurts to see. Note: all offers to purchase the property were rejected, so don’t pull the old, “Well, why didn’t you buy it if you wanted… Continue Reading
I checked up on those historic houses on Samuel Shepard Drive, the rare survivors of the upper middle class residential district built right after the Civil War. They are owned by the State of Missouri. The house below is stable,… Continue Reading
Blair Avenue is one of the main north-south routes through Hyde Park, and there are some interesting houses along it, such as the one below. It is a flounder of some sort, with what appears to be the original wood… Continue Reading
Agnes Street is in good condition through this block. But there are some abandoned buildings, such as the one below. If you look closely, you can see the wreckers were sloppy and stopped demolishing the front wall a couple of… Continue Reading
Angelica Street east of 11th Street is gone, replaced by this foreboding overpass, which effectively kills the neighborhood from expanding any further. I’ve photographed these little guys before; they replaced an old country estate that finally was demolished and redeveloped.… Continue Reading
I’ve photographed these houses before, but I still really enjoy coming back to see them again. They’re duplexes, built on North Park Place in 1870, and they have survived for the most part, thought one duplex has been demolished. They’re… Continue Reading
North Park Place is one block long, with a wealth of interesting houses. Unlike some lazy tellings of St. Louis history say, there were wealthy enclaves all of the rapidly growing city, not just in Lafayette Square. And the wealthy… Continue Reading
On what I assume is the back wall of two demolished buildings someone painted the alphabet, probably in some way related to nearby Clay School.