Old Carter Carburetor Offices and Pythias Hall

I’ve looked at the old Carter Carburetor Plant on North Grand Boulevard before many times in the past, and it has been demolished and remediated for PCBs. But the office building for the company was located in the heart of Grand Center. Originally intended to be a skyscraper in 1925, only the first two stories…

Carter Carburetor Coming Down

Update: The site has now been completely cleared. I knew that Carter Carburetor had been marked for Brown Field clearance, but I didn’t realize they had started. Due to contamination, I know that much of the interior probably has to be remediated first, which might account for the punch-outs in the walls. Plans for the…

Carter Carburetor, Sitting Empty

Update: Demolition was completed in 2016. For pictures of the demolition, see these posts here and here. I guess when people from the East Coast make fun of us being in the Rust Belt, they’re talking about places like Carter Carburetor, abandoned for years and severely polluted. For those of you who don’t know what…

Carter Carburetor

Update: The building has now been completely demolished, and the site is a vacant lot. A brownfield site, the former Carter Carburator site sits empty, home to the occasional illicit dog fight, huge piles of clothing, and the memories of the industry that occurred here.

West on St. Louis Avenue, Summer 2019

I’ve been creating new tags for notable streets in St. Louis that I feel represent great cross sections of architecture and culture (such as North Broadway or Cherokee, and the newly introduced South Jefferson), and I’m now introducing a “St. Louis Avenue” tag, for what I believe is a street that best illustrates the North…

Lindell Bank And Trust Drive In

Lindell Bank and Trust has been on this corner of Grand and St. Louis Avenue for generations; right across the street from Carter Carburetor and a few blocks from Sportsman’s Park, it surely saw huge numbers of people come through its doors over the years. But with the popularity of the automobile surging, it built…