Hammett Place

Hammett Place is one of those special places that I found on accident and that I suspect most people in the St. Louis region have never heard of before. Whilte technically part of a neighborhood created by the City government in the late Twentieth Century called Kingsway East, it’s tucked away on the edge of…

Northland Avenue, The Western Greater Ville

Moving a little to the southwest, I took a look at the houses on Northland Avenue between Euclid and Marcus avenues. I definitely see the irony of how just a couple of miles north on Euclid Avenue, after looking at its path in the Central West End a couple of weeks ago, can make such…

Labadie Avenue, The Western Greater Ville

For some reason I got on this kick to explore the western side of The Greater Ville neighborhood. Starting at the intersection of Marcus and Labadie, where Cote Brilliante Presbyterian sits on the northeast corner, I headed east. I think the Greater Ville has some of the most interesting an idiosyncratic architecture in the city,…

Dodier Street Between Parnell Avenue and North 25th Street

Apparently I have never photographed the sad and depopulated stretch of Dodier Street just to the east of Parnell Avenue, which is the main artery that peals off from North Jefferson Avenue (which becomes a quiet two lanes street to the west of here). I hadn’t realized just how bad of shape this twelve-family had…

Penrose Street Between Blair Avenue and North 11th Street, Hyde Park

I ended up on Penrose Street in Hyde Park recently east of Blair Avenue, which is blocked off with Schoemehl Pots. On the east, Interstate 70 cuts the street off from North Broadway, with which it had long been connected. Some houses are abandoned, like the one above, but others are in great condition and…

Cass Avenue Between Leffingwell and Elliott Avenues

First we glance at these houses on Sheridan Avenue, which I think might be slated for rehabilitation, but I’m not sure. We then head up Leffingwell Avenue and turn right onto Cass Avenue, which I’ve looked at twice before in January of 2013 and and January of 2017 (last three photos). The house below, with…

Thomas Street Between North Compton and Leffingwell Avenues

I have no idea if I’ve gone down Thomas Street before. I suspect I have, but I’ve lost track. It happens. But on a bright, sunny Saturday I though these buildings looked really nice, even though they are abandoned, and I feel like someone could come to their rescue. I love this building, having lived…

Good Hope M.S. Baptist Church, Revisited

I realized recently that sadly the church at West Florissant Avenue and North Grand Boulevard is clearly vacant. Formerly known as Water Tower Baptist Church, it had held out until recently, but judging from the windows that have blown open or are hanging by a single hinge, the telltale signs are clear. Like much of…

Examining the Damage, St. Augustine’s

I think by now most of my readers know about the serious fire that struck the former St. Augustine’s on the night of December 8th on the western edge of the St. Louis Place neighborhood. I went out early on Saturday to take a look at the church and assess the seriousness of the structural…