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Twelfth Anniversary of Saint Louis Patina

Daniel P. Lippincott Residence, 5944 West Cabanne Place. Photograph, ca. 1910. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints collections. Theodore C. Link Collection. n29011.

I don’t have much to report on this twelfth anniversary of St. Louis Patina, other than to thank you all for coming back every week and all of your comments and stories. I really do appreciate it. For your viewing pleasure are some historic photos I found from the Missouri History Museum of West Cabanne Place, which I visited way back in August of 2009, almost a whole decade ago. I recently found a bunch of photos from the street in the St. Louis Patina vaults, and have added them to the original post. See also a recent article about the West End, and the unique Shingle Style Houses that make it one of the most intriguing neighborhoods in the City. I also have a couple of updates to the site, adding some new neighborhoods and towns to St. Louis County, as well as substantially updating the Special Topics Page. Remember, every week I have a new article at St. Louis Magazine.

E.E. French Residence, 5926 West Cabanne Place. Photograph, ca. 1910. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints collections. Theodore C. Link Collection. n29010.

For ease of use and clarity, I have removed the word “historic” from all tags except “historic buildings.” I’d spoken of doing so in the past, and I finally did so for the twelfth anniversary. It was redundant, since 99% of the time I’m writing about historic houses, churches, factories, etc, and it was also awkward in the 1% of the time when I was writing about non-historic examples of the built environment. It seemed even more silly to have “house” and “historic house” tags, as well.

Thomas C. Hennings Residence. 6049 Cabanne Place. Charles F. Varney, Architect. Halftone by unknown, 1903 Missouri History Museum Photograph and Print Collection. Residences n33893

Also, I’ve removed the Central category from all Downtown posts. I thought it was artificially inflating the number of posts in the Central category, and it was the only instance where a building could be in two categories at the same time. Now all buildings in downtown will appear only in the Downtown category. It just seems more streamlined.

4 Comments

  1. Chris,
    Congratulations on 12 years of the site. It truly is one of the things I look forward to each morning. I hope to still be reading, commenting, and enjoying St. Louis Patina for another 12 years.
    Prost!

  2. Congratulations on your anniversary. I have “seen” much more of St. Louis through your site that I would otherwise have seen visiting, working in, and traveling through the area. Regarding its historic architecture, St. Louis measures up favorably against any other historic American city, but I will not be able to say that if more of it continues to be lost. Like you, I am not just talking about the major landmarks, but the individual “ordinary” buildings that contribute to the streetscapes that give each neighborhood its unique historic character.

    • Thank you! I have always wanted to emphasize the less famous corners of this city the most.

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