Two Events Coming Up Soon

I would like to invite my readers to two wonderful events coming up this weekend and the first weekend of October. Imagine yourself trapped between two hostile forces during the Civil War in Missouri. Caught in this huge conflict the enslaved Archer Alexander would earn his freedom, because of his brave act at the Peruque Creek bridge…

End of Summer Odds and Ends

I first would like to invite readers out to my free lecture on the history of the Lemp Brewery tomorrow, at 11:00 AM, September 20, 2022 at the Missouri History Museum. Its architecture was born out of the designs of highly influential architects Edmund Jungenfeld; Theodore Krausch; Widman, Walsh and Boisselier; and Guy Tyler Norton. I will be…

Union Boulevard Between Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Wabada, West Side

Passing by MLK Dr., we see increasing abandonment to the west in Wells-Goodfellow. The houses are also more modest. Judging from the brick patterns on above the doorway and the two upper windows of this four-family, I suspect this buildings front façade was once far more ornamented. Storefront churches often fill the old corner spaces….

Cabanne Castle, August of 2022

I had been concerned back in November of 2021 that the Cabanne Castle, which had been gutted back in April of 2021 for redevelopment, was no longer going to be rehabbed. But when I went back two Saturdays ago, the construction site looked active again, so that is good news. There was evidence of tuckpointing…

The North Side from the McKinley Bridge

Looking north up the river, we see the old warehouses and factories of the Near North Riverfront. You can see the City Museum off in the distance. Next up are the warehouses of the United Bags Company along North Broadway. St. Liborius is in view in the St. Louis Place neighborhood. There is the old…

Merchants Bridge, Under Reconstruction, Part Two

I figured it was about time to get back out to the McKinley Bridge to survey the progress of reconstruction of the Merchants Bridge. Back in October of 2021, only the furthest east of the three trusses had been replaced, so I figured they were probably fairly far along on the second, middle one. As…

Former Bremen Bank and Breakfast on Broadway

I’ve photographed the former Bremen Bank and its diner neighbor across from Mallinckrodt Chemical on North Broadway at least once before, back in the summer of 2019 (last photo), but I’ve never taken the time to look at them closely. I’ve heard the diner has amazing chili macs. It’s perhaps obvious why there is a…

Checking In On Mark Twain and Central High Schools

St. Louis voters recently overwhelmingly passed Prop S, which will allow the St. Louis Public Schools to issue bonds for much needed improvements to buildings, most of which are now over one hundred years old, though as anyone who will admit it, are extremely well built and will last for centuries if properly maintained. The…

Mount Moriah Lodge #40

If you ever have trouble understanding what Egyptian Revival is, look no further than the old Mount Moriah Lodge #40 on North Garrison Avenue. It almost certainly does not preserve its original paint scheme, but nonetheless it is in an excellent state of preservation. Combining elements of the Temple of Karnak at Luxor, it shows…