Fifteenth Anniversary of Saint Louis Patina

I started this website fifteen years ago today, and we’ve come a long ways since then. Three reboots, two crashes, and hopefully now it looks better than ever due to the hard work of around twenty WordPress technicians back in January and February of this year. Thankfully, there are still plenty of new things to…

The Big Muddy Dance Company Present Retrospective

I’m a big fan of the Big Muddy Dance Company, and their next performance is coming up the first weekend of April on the 1st and 2nd at 7:30 PM both nights at the historic Grandel Theater, 3610 Grandel Square. For those interested in watching a virtual performance, viewing will be available the following weekend…

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…

5,000th Post: The Ruins of the Freie Gemeinde

None of my friends who live up north around the St. Louis Place and Old North St. Louis neighborhoods told me they were terribly surprised when the old Freie Gemeinde when up in flames on a bitterly cold night a week ago. It suffered a partial collapse way back in 2013, and when I checked…

Demolition Starts for the University City TIF

The demolition of the mid-Twentieth Century strip malls, a former synagogue and a church has commenced along Olive Boulevard just east of I-170 in University City. Olivette has also started on its own development to the west of the interstate. Below, the former St. Andrew Kim and before that St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church has…

Aldine Place, Early Summer 2021

It had been awhile since I had checked up on the block of Aldine Place just east of North Kingshighway Boulevard. Needless to say, there has been some major landscaping! I had seen a huge cloud of smoke hovering over the area last weekend. I first examined this block in 2013 and then again in…

Augusta in Transition: Water to Jackson Street

Little did we know when we took a drive out to Augusta back in May of 2020 that there were big plans afoot to transform the town into a new “Napa Valley of Missouri.” But nonetheless, regardless of my opinion (which is “unless it’s for a toxic waste dump who turns down a $100 million…

4,500th Post

A long time ago, perhaps 3,000 posts ago, I realized that if I wasn’t careful, I could make a really nice neighborhood look like a complete disaster, or conversely, with just a few strategic photographs, make a totally desolate street with only a couple of houses left look like it was completely intact. As an…

Current Affairs This Summer

I went by the Theophile Papin House on the last Saturday of June. It’s being demolished. It’s sad, but honestly, it had been so heavily altered that it wouldn’t really have been feasible or worthwhile to restore it back to its original appearance. It would have been an ersatz structure. During demolition some interesting stone…