Bellevue Brewery and Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio

The former Bellevue Brewery sits high up on a hill above Central Parkway, the former Miami and Ohio Canal. Ironically, this was originally the back of the building. But of course, it might seem logical that industry would grow up along the canal, though I wonder how much utility the waterway really provided by the…

German Village, Columbus, Ohio, Part One

We now turn to Columbus, the capital of Ohio, and the German Village neighborhood south of the city’s downtown. German Village is one of those special places in America that I have a feeling most people have never heard about, but it is easily one of the most beautiful and harmonious built environments I have…

Old Louisville, Part Two

Continuing our look around the Old Louisville neighborhood of Louisville, we see an evolution of styles, but again, they are in keeping with what we would expect to see in St. Louis. In this case, we now see what would be best described as Renaissance Revival. Also, there are houses that have elements of the…

Former Blessed Sacrament, Revisited

It turns out that Most Blessed Sacrament, which I looked at back in December of 2020, was founded in 1907, and originally worship occurred in a wood frame structure with dimensions of 73 x 30 feet, that was built in six weeks at the behest of its first pastor, Father P.H. Bradley. The whole campus…

Gravois Avenue Between California and Ohio Avenues, Fox Park

On my way to photographing St. Francis de Sales in the fog, and continuing my slow documentation of Gravois Avenue, having done Tower Grove East to the west a while back, I shot some of the buildings on the north side of that main thoroughfare in Fox Park. This giant Spire, formerly Laclede Gas building…

Indiana Avenue Between Sidney and Lynch Streets, East Side

I realized I had mostly been looking at the west side of Indiana Avenue in the past, as well as further south. But the east side of Indiana Avenue just south of Sidney Street in Benton Park is actually a very interesting mix of buildings. First there is a group of Second Empire houses close…

St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Oratory, In the Fog

I thought it would be interesting to rush out into the fog Saturday morning and see if I could get any interesting photos of tall buildings. St. Francis de Sales was almost invisible on the fog-cloaked streets around 8:30 AM, even just two blocks away. But when I drew closer, it appeared out of the…

North Second Street, West Side, Laclede’s Landing

Starting way up by the casino, there is this large rock sitting here. I have no idea what it is doing. Below, I thought it was a smart idea to put a dog park under the western approaches of the MLK Bridge since in general modern engineers do not like buildings constructed under spans anymore….

North First Street, Laclede’s Landing

We come up the steep incline and reach North First Street, where the above photograph captures the street in 1968, right before the grand plans for redevelopment had begun. Interestingly, old fashioned street lights had already appeared. Below, on the southwest corner, a plaza that appears to still be incomplete replaced the vacant lot where…