Baden in Winter #22, 1000 Block of Bittner Avenue

Update: The house on the left in the picture above, and in the one below, had been demolished by July of 2019. Bittner Avenue just south of Holy Cross Church is beautiful, but it’s so sad to see all of the abandonment. Update: The house in the middle, already damaged by fire, was further gutted…

Baden in Winter #21, Switzer at Bittner Avenue

At the intersection of Bittner and Switzer are a couple of houses that seem fortified against the nearby train tracks and cut-through traffic. I think these houses are occupied. Then there are these two well-kept Colonial Revival houses.

Baden in Winter #4, 800 Block of Bittner Street

Moving away from the sound of traffic on Broadway, Bittner Street offers some nice, well-kept houses, with most of the buildings occupied. Unlike across Broadway, where the houses are wood frame, these are all solid brick buildings.

The South Side, Peoria

My trip up to Central Illinois in mid June took me to all sorts of random surprises, including several new churches and other sights, and that is why I enjoy doing what I do. It is often totally random. But sometimes my totally random path takes me through neighborhoods that tell stories that I don’t…

Pierre Laclede School

Opened in 1914 according to designs by William Ittner, Pierre Laclede Elementary School is at least the second school to hold that name in the St. Louis Public School system. The first was deep in the city and was a typical design that can still be seen in designs such as the Blow and Des…

Samuel Cupples Elementary School

Similar story as many other abandoned North Side schools: the Samuel Cupples Elementary School was designed by revolutionary architect Rockwell M. Milligan in 1918, and it now sits empty. It’s a very simple design, and I like its reserved Tudor Revival style. I strongly suspect there was additional ornamentation on the two flanking wings on…

Former Immaculate Conception Parish School

Immaculate Conception Parish School is a great example of adaptive reuse, where the original Roman Catholic church west down Lafayette Avenue is now long closed, so the need for its nearby education building was no longer needed. It has been converted into apartments. This is actually not designed by famed school architects William B. Ittner…

Columbia Elementary School

Due to the recent round of school closings that saw Dunbar on the other end of the neighborhood closed, Columbia Elementary School stayed open. Opened in 1929, this Ittner/Milligan school replaced an earlier building that was destroyed by a tornado. Like many of the schools on the Northside, it replicates the architecture of northern Europe….

Alexander Hamilton Elementary School

Alexander Hamilton Elementary School is tucked away in the neighborhoods north of Forest Park, only two blocks south of Delmar. It’s surrounded by a park and quiet residential streets, and to the northeast a major Metro depot. It was designed by Rockwell Milligan, of the famous firm of Ittner Milligan, and it looks like many…