End of Winter 2023 Odds and Ends

The old Soulard Branch of the St. Louis Public Library has had several uses over the last decade besides the commercial space facing 7th Boulevard. There was “The Library” and then “The Archives.” They’re both gone. Below, in McKinley Heights, I still can’t believe that Second Empire house below is sitting vacant; the property values in the neighborhood are so high now it just seems like someone would snatch it up.

I also discovered recently that Bob Cassilly provided the spandrels and cornice for these condos in the Central West End at Boyle and Laclese; they still look fresh decades later.

Nearby, the wacky saga of that house that was demolished continues, as apparently they are rebuilding the house with Styrofoam blocks.

Here it is length-wise from Boyle Avenue.

Also, you might not know this, but there was an Anheuser-Busch tavern on the site of what is now St. Louis Centre, which you can see below.

Anheuser-Busch Ratskeller Building, 1910-1930, Missouri History Museum, P0019-00003

Finally, I recently visited the site of a slaughterhouse out in the historic center of Chesterfield, which is on the National Register as part of the Burkhardt Historic District.

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