I forget about the amazing variety of housing styles from around the dawn of the Twentieth Century. More wood frame houses, many of which were originally Shingle Style, are scattered around the area. This inventive roof is a little… Continue Reading
There are many famous private streets in St. Louis, but there are even more than most people realize. Take Thornby Place, for example. It’s home to one of the most unique houses in St. Louis, below. Also, what I find… Continue Reading
Once owned by E.H. Thurston, this house now sits vacant, awaiting rehabilitation among other concrete block houses that were examined yesterday. It has a wonderful west facing solarium, and a green glazed terracotta roof.
The Oakherst Place Concrete Block National Historic District is showing signs of renewal, even if some houses are still vacant. These stout homes up by the county lines are fascinating, and worth saving. I looked at some of them several… Continue Reading
I would love to know the story behind this house. It is similar to the house next door (not pictured), but it clearly became something else, like a doctor’s office, maybe. Look at that porch and the curve of the… Continue Reading
Update: Demolished sometime before July of 2018. I was surprised to discover that this always-bustling grocery store had closed. The St. Louis Business Journal has the story of why it closed. Much of the North Side still had corner stores,… Continue Reading
I have not photographed the West End in a long time. It is such beautiful area, so close to prosperous areas south of Delmar, and I wonder why in this day and age, where the disastrous effects of redlining are… Continue Reading
Oh dear, the oldest house in St. Louis, from 1829, is sitting abandoned and plywood covers its windows and doors. Does anyone know what happened? It was fine two years ago.
The architecture of the West End, just north of the Loop, is stunning. I can’t believe city government decided to “disinvest” this area, ie “give up on.” There are still so many beautiful houses and they are just sitting here,… Continue Reading
Once what appears to have been the upper middle class of St. Louis in the early Twentieth Century, out the long, straight streets of the Grand Prairie, the West End now has increasing abandonment. The old houses are well-built, and… Continue Reading