Looking Out the Windows of the Alverne

It’s hard to believe considering how long suffering the Alverne Building was, that I was able to stand on the top floor recently and deliver a lecture. It’s now renovated into some interesting apartments, including some two-story ones, and the problem with the building having some small windows that couldn’t be altered in order to…

About That Sinkhole

Oh dear! The ground collapsed north of the main post office in downtown a couple of weeks ago. There are many things down there, including the old cellars of the Julius Winkelmeyer Brewery, which dated back to the 1840s (and used to frequently beat Adam Lemp out for first place in the city’s fair every…

Damage to the Spire, Centenary Methodist Church

It’s really sad to see this. I met the pastor and congregation of Centenary Methodist Church several years ago, and even wrote at article in St. Louis Magazine about it. The high winds of early July storm ripped off the steeple, and I don’t know what the status of rebuilding is. There are many churches…

Merchant Laclede Building, Revisited

The Merchant Laclede, or Merchant’s Laclede Building, depending on whom you ask, was another of the historic skyscrapers in the financial district of St. Louis, often forgotten in favor of the more famous Chicago School buildings to the west. It was built in 1886. It’s been simplified over the years, losing its pediment and conical…

Security Building, Revisited Again

I found some photos of the Security Building deep in the St. Louis Patina archives, and I thought they should see the light of day. The standard story always goes is that it’s the last, or one of the last Romanesque Revival skyscrapers in St. Louis before the coming of the innovative Wainwright Building, but…

Union Station, Newly Opened

It’s hard to imagine Union Station as a new building, or to think of Market Street out front as a much narrower thoroughfare than it is today, but both were once true. The train shed was also full carriages, though of course the locomotives stayed outside, due to obvious reasons of not wanting to fill…

Old Post Office, Revisited

I realized recently I really hadn’t taken any good photographs of the Old Post Office ever, so I took a trip down late in the afternoon on a Saturday. The light was a little weird, but they turned out OK.  

Former Stouffer’s Riverfront Inn

They sure had all sorts of great ideas in the 1960s about how they were going to revitalize downtown, and pretty much none of them worked. They’re either demolished, abandoned, bought out in corporate mergers or forgotten. Just look at all the vacant land in the heart of a major metropolis. The Stouffer’s Riverfront Inn…

The Old Cathedral, Interior

I already discussed the copy of the Velázquez two days ago, so we’re going to go around the church and look at some of the other works of art in the newly refurbished interior of the Old Cathedral. While the high altarpiece Crucifixion is not one of them, many of the others are gifts of…