Former Carmel of St. Joseph Monastery, Revisited

I can’t stress the importance of the survival of the former home of the Carmelites in Soulard. It’s a fantastic example of Neoclassical architecture in an ecclesiastic building.

I looked at the former Carmel of St. Joseph Monastery back in November of 2019. The front portal, which includes pilasters in the Tuscan order, features a rounded Roman archway front door.

The stone has now been painted white, probably to hide staining due to air pollution, particularly from coal smoke and also from nearby I-55.

The cornice of the attic is simple and Roman in proportion.

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