Halls Ferry Medical Arts Building

I give full credit to Toby Weiss of BELT St. Louis for introducing me to this unique building on New Halls Ferry Road. Perhaps representing a certain “attitude” of Modernism, Toby chronicled the medical building in two posts, first in July of 2008, and then again in September of 2010, as the owners did some interesting paint updates.

I guess the problem I frequently have with Modernist architecture is that it markets itself as being new, and when it isn’t new anymore, it looks really bad. This building has so much delayed maintenance that it is looking really, really bad. And what the heck happened to the carefully maintained landscaping seen over a decade ago? Old can be good if it’s designed to look good as it ages.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Ben says:

    Did someone bury a giant Styrofoam cooler?

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Love it!

      1. Ben says:

        You should add a “bad modernism” tag

        1. cnaffziger says:

          Maybe some day.

  2. j.r. says:

    This was my doctor’s building as a kid. There was a cool “courtyard” that you walked past to get to Dr. Jost’s office.
    Best part were the suckers with the safety look “sticks’. Well, that and playing with the stirrups on the patient table while waiting for the doc to examine you. Little did I know what those were actually for.

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Yes, check out Toby’s posts for pics of the courtyard!

  3. sonrie says:

    I have noticed a lot of buildings with courtyards or even live indoor plants – they all look different from the outside, but I suspect that they were all build in the same general era.

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