Back Out State Street, East St. Louis


I wandered back over some of the areas surrounding the former wealthy Olivette Park neighborhood near the Katherine Dunham House. I had looked around, and been impressed with the architecture of what remained. I found another church that I feel could very well have been a Christian Scientist church, with its strong Beaux-Arts details against buff brick.


I found some more interesting buildings, such as the one below that would fit in along Page Boulevard in St. Louis.


Then I found this, right along 3400StateStreet, below. Could any former East St. Louis resident help me identify this school building?


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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood says:

    The church was originally the RC parish of Sts. Cyril & Methodius, and it had an attached school. The diocese of Belleville, unlike the Archdiocese of St. Louis, does not have a list of closed parishes and their info online, so that is all I was able to discover.

    The shell of a school is the old George Rogers Clark Junior High School.

  2. Daniel Schmidt says:

    Also some scenes from the school can be found at the start of this video:

  3. Terry D. Garrett says:

    Yeah, that closed school saddens me, my cousin, Tracy, went there in the early 80’s. I am surprised to see they’ve pruned the foliage back b/c the last time I saw it, nature had engulfed everything.

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