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…

Bumper Plating, Cleaned Up

The northern end of Texas Avenue between Sidney and Victor streets on the west side has possessed a fascinating and strange history since the 1870s. Originally, the house above, a Greek Revival duplex, sat on an isthmus flanked by a lake to the south and a pond to the north in the southeast corner of…

St. Francis de Sales Parish School

I’ve often regarded Roman Catholic parishes as much more than simply a church, but rather campuses of multiple buildings, including but not limited to a rectory, convent, school and even other buildings. St. Francis De Sales originally had a building on the southeast corner of Sidney and Iowa that housed a musical corps. The parish…

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…

Richard M. Scruggs Elementary School

The former Richard M. Scruggs sits along a busy stretch of South Grand Boulevard, so I had never gotten a chance to photograph it before a recent early Saturday morning when traffic was at a minimum. As this historic photo shows, and I suspect was common with many Itter/Milligan schools, this building was built in…

Shenandoah Arch Replaced

Back in January of 2020, I featured the four-family on Shenandoah Avenue whose front porch was later demolished due to structural problems (it was almost certainly not original to the building). Lo and behold, it has been completely rebuilt, which is great news, as it added a lot of character to the Tower Grove East…

Renovation of the Old Bavarian Inn

There’s some great news at the long dormant and abandoned, and frequently vandalized former Bavarian Inn restaurant at the southeastern corner of Arsenal Street and Minnesota Avenue. The rehabilitation will return a restaurant space and outdoor patio to the old storefront facing Arsenal, and the house facing Minnesota will become a rental property. A later…

South Eighteenth Street, Adam Lemp’s Addition

South Eighteenth Street between Utah and Cherokee streets, is an historical and important block in the story of the Lemps. Adam Lemp originally owned all of the land on either side of the street, which was originally Lux Street, and then Second Carondelet for a little while (that street name is more famous for being…

Lemp Stables, Cherokee Street

I’ve written extensively about the Lemp Brewery and its buildings that were constructed from the 1840s through the 1910s, but one structure that I’ve largely ignored are the stables and later garage for the delivery vehicles on the north side of Cherokee Street. The eastern portion was originally an open air shed that housed wagons,…