Cotton Belt Mural

The Cotton Belt’s eastern, river side has been spruced up with this great mural. More in the future on this.

Cotton Belt from Broadway

Update: The Hammond Lofts, the red brick building on the left, is an apartment building for homeless transitioning to market rate homes, which would account for some pedestrian traffic. I always wonder who those lone people are that are walking around among the abandoned buildings. Do they live nearby? There are in fact houses in…

Cotton Belt Depot #3: Inside

The interior of the Cotton Belt is sparse, but not without its uses. The owner recently gave permission for an art happening to occur within its confines, to great success.

Cotton Belt Depot #2: Sunset

I realized when I came back later in the day and photographed the Cotton Belt at sunset, that what appears to be a very simple, unornamented building is actually a very complex, and richly decorated building, if you look in the right places. First of all, the gentle curve at the top of the parapet…

Cotton Belt Depot #1: Morning

The Cotton Belt Depot is amazing; over 700 feet long but only 30 feet wide, it casts an impressive shadow over the Near North Riverfront. A relic of when the area was a bustling center of industry and railroad connections, it now sits in splendid isolation, still in excellent condition but slowly deteriorating. I would…

A Collapse and the Near North Riverfront

Well, for the second time in a couple of weeks a building just north of downtown was destroyed that I didn’t have any pictures of (the first was this one). I suppose I always took the building for granted, but I learned after high winds caused a partial collapse that it was in worse shape…

Mill Creek Valley, Cincinnati, Ohio

Lick Run, which we looked at yesterday, empties into Mill Creek, the industrial spine of Cincinnati. Not surprisingly, it has been heavily modified, altered and polluted by humans over the last two hundred years. There is something sublime about the giant swath of hundreds of miles of railroad tracks that you can see fleetingly while…

Eugene Nims House, Bee Tree County Park

Bee Tree Park is the former estate of Eugene Nims, the founder of Southwestern Bell. The house served as a summer residence, and the design features large entertainment rooms and less private space than would be perhaps normal. Logically, the open spaces provided great views over the Mississippi River. It was designed by famed architects…

Near North Riverfront, Site of Stadium?

Update: The Rams moved to Los Angeles, and the stadium was never built. I’m sure many of my readers are curious about the proposed football stadium in the Near North Riverfront just north of Laclede’s Landing, hemmed in today by I-44, I-70, the MLK Bridge and the river. It is an incredibly interesting part of…

St. Louis Shot Tower Company

Luther M. Kennett’s Shot Tower. On Lewis Street bet. Bates and Smith. Daguerreotype by Thomas M. Easterly, ca. 1850. Easterly Collection 004a. Missouri Historical Society Photographs and Prints Collection. Photograph by Dennis Waters, 1993. NS 17004. Photograph and scan © 1993-2006, Missouri Historical Society. St. Louis, like many major cities in America, had its own…