Detour: Winterset, Iowa

Update: The courthouse has been renovated, with a new paint scheme on the dome. Over the holiday weekend I made it up to Iowa to see my cousin’s graduation. Near where they live is the town of Winterset, where the “Bridges of Madison County was filmed. Winterset is actually the county seat, so it has…

Front vs. Back

The fronts of late 19th Century office buildings are frequently heavily adorned with ornate stonework and terra cotta reliefs. Look to the sides and back, however, and these same buildings become simple, functional and mostly lacking in ornament. Due to demolition of their neighbors, or simply because another tall building was never built next door,…

Forest Park Gasometer

It occurred to me on the way westbound on Highway 40 on Sunday that the Forest Park Gasometer had very little time left, as can be seen in this photo above. I returned on Tuesday to get a few more pictures, only to realize that the remaining steel superstructure was gone, leaving only the base….

Transitions: New and Old

Update: The Syndicate Trust Building has now been renovated into apartments and condominiums. As is common in many urban environments, buildings often rub up against each other in a sometimes awkward fashion. The Syndicate Trust and Century Buildings used to seamlessly flow together; now the newly erected and banally named “9th Street Garage“, which took…

Switzer Building

Update: The building has been demolished and the site cleared for a plaza. I made it down to the Switzer Licorice Building this weekend to see what was left after demolition work started earlier this week. There’s still a quite a bit left, with the majority of the building near the Eads Bridge gone so…

Welcome

Welcome to my new blog focusing on the architectural and artistic history and legacy of St. Louis, Missouri. I have been wanting to make this blog for years, and now circumstances have arisen that I am back in my hometown and free to photograph the buildings that make St. Louis such an interesting place to…