Garage, University City

I’ve seen this garage a million times, just south of Delmar in University City, and I’ve always been impressed with the beauty of the green terracotta tiles. And coupled with the roof of the main house, it creates a wonderful ensemble of green in a city of red brick.

Metamora Courthouse, Illinois

Yes, that’s a statue of Abraham Lincoln in front of the courthouse in Metamora. The Greek Revival courthouse is in the process of being restored. The beautiful square in front of the courthouse is a perfect setting to view the Doric colonnade, whose columns are currently stripped and awaiting new paint. The bell tower is…

Metamora, Illinois

Famous for being one of the venues of the Lincoln-Douglass debates, Metamorah is also a quaint, if relatively small town. Dominated by the original courthouse, where Lincoln practiced law, it looks almost a little like New England; most courthouses in Illinois that I’ve seen are in the middle of the town square, not facing it….

Illinois Traction System Mackinaw Depot, Illinois

Built in the early 20th Century and now listed on the National Register, the Illinois Traction Depot in Mackinaw provided service between Peoria, Danville and St. Louis. To the south is the abandoned depot at the hamlet of Union. The McKinley Bridge originally carried the railroad to St. Louis’s downtown. I like the streamlined design…

Bad Mansard, Metamora, Illinois

One of the best local websites is Bad Mansard, and occasionally I pay tribute to that site and its ingenious idea with a bad mansard of my own.

Marine Villa Along Broadway

Update: The building above is now home to Sister Cities, a fantastic Cajun restaurant. Marine Villa is one of those neighborhoods that is forgotten about, often times confused with just being the southern portion of Benton Park, and doesn’t have a lot of businesses that are well known outside of the neighborhood. But it still…

Mineral Springs Park, Pekin, Illinois

Mineral Springs Park in downtown Pekin is one of the most stunning Victorian era parks I have ever seen. At the center, the elaborate, restored pavillion is a jewel.

Modernist Church, Pekin, Illinois

One of the busiest intersections in Pekin hosts no fewer than four churches that I could spot. In particular, I was interested in this Modernist church on the southwest corner. Its clean lines contrasted greatly with some of the older churches at the intersection. Looking closer, I realized I had seen a church similar to…