No Encore for the Culver House

Back in April of this year, I wrote of the prospects of saving the Culver House from imminent destruction at the hands of the Saint Louis Symphony and its planned expansion to the east: “Someone with deep pockets needs to step up, or it will almost certainly be demolished.” There are now increasingly fewer residential…

Road Deck Removal, MacArthur Bridge

I received a tip from a friend that further, and perhaps final pieces of the MacArthur Bridge’s infamous road deck were being removed from the western Chouteau’s Landing portion of the span. I’m sure there are many readers out there who can tell me much more than I can about the dangers of the old…

I Know There’s A House in There

Earlier this year I drove down this block of Samuel Shepard Drive east of Compton Avenue and I spotted a house that I knew I had to photograph later. But when I came back last weekend, I couldn’t find it! “I know there’s a house in there,” I said to myself, and after looking more…

Delmar Boulevard Between Newstead and Taylor Avenues, South Side

Things have been changing on the northern edge of the Central West End, which goes all the way to Delmar Boulevard. For a long time, the rehabbing and redevelopment had stopped further to the stop, more or less along the border between wards, but now that is changing. But the housing stock is often times…

Development in Northwest Lafayette Square

Redevelopment is finally coming to the northwest corner of Lafayette Square, which was long the abandoned site of the former Praxair facility, which exploded years ago. It’s a mixture of a large apartment building along Chouteau Avenue, while there are houses being built along Hickory Street. I was told the old stone house, which I…

Odds and Ends from the Winter of 2022

Occasionally I build up some photos that don’t really go with anything else, and I present them to you here. Above is a nice house on Lemp Avenue across from the brewery that is now an AirBnB. For the longest time, it was a band practice space. Moving across the old St. Louis Commons to…

Culver House Under Threat

Update: Demolished as planned in July of 2022. You might have heard in the news about the expansion planned by the St. Louis Symphony, which will add new wings out the east and south of the original building built as the St. Louis Theater. Not mentioned is the demolition of the Culver House, which I…

Painting on Stone at the Saint Louis Art Museum

I hope readers can make it out to a fascinating new exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum curated by Judy Mann, curator of European Art to 1800 and Research Assistant Andrea Miller, entitled Painting on Stone: Science and the Sacred, 1530-1800. While we usually think of painting as an art form created on canvas…

In the Footsteps of Lillian Handlan Lemp

Many readers are no doubt familiar with Lillian Handlan, who would marry William Lemp, Jr., the heir to the Lemp Brewery. Later, their acrimonious divorce would make headlines around the country. But she also lived in many places around St. Louis, and I’ve identified several places she called home. There may be more, but for…

Enclaves of St. Louis #2: Balson Avenue

Down Ecoff Avenue, an anonymous street just south of Manchester Avenue almost to the city limits, you then turn right onto Balson Avenue, and there you will find one of the most quiet streets in St. Louis, delineated in red below in an aerial photo from 1937. Originally part of a triangular addition called the…