Update: I went back to the area to photograph Crunden-Martin in October of 2021.
I took a look around Chouteau’s Landing a couple of Saturdays ago, and I still marvel at the stunning buildings that fill the area. Particularly after looking at Dubuque’s revitalization of its former industrial core, I wonder why that rebirth can’t happen here.
My favorite bridge, the MacArthur, cuts through Chouteau’s Landing with its massive steel approaches, peacefully coexisting with buildings that weren’t torn down for its construction.
Or if need-be, the building was carefully “edited” in order to survive, and not completely destroyed. I don’t think that would be allowed today.
Then there are amazing buildings of the former Crunden-Martin complex, which are lightly occupied, completely abandoned, or in the case of one, gutted by fire.
I discovered, where the approaches to the Poplar Street Bridge are, there was an apartment building that apparently was built by Crunden Martin for its employees. It stood where I took this photograph.
I also spied a horse ready to go out for its day of work.