New Book on St. Louis Architecture

Update: As of September 2015, I can find no evidence of this book existing anymore. Please contact me if you know where this book can be purchased. The links above are dead.

Disappearing St. Louis is a book presenting 55 color images captured over a three-year period by photographer Amy Fontinelle. They depict the poor conditions of homes, churches, and commercial buildings across the city in historic neighborhoods such as Old North St. Louis, Vandeventer, Fountain Park, Academy, JeffVanderLou, and Hyde Park.

Since the photographs were taken, some of these buildings have been restored, but many have deteriorated further and quite a few have been demolished. Despite their appearances, many of these structures, both those that were destroyed and those that remain, were not or are not beyond repair.

Such neglect can be reversedindeed, it already has been in neighborhoods like Lafayette Square and the Central West End. With an awareness of the issue and a committed effort, the cycle of abandonment and destruction could be stopped and the neighborhoods shown herein could also be restored to their original splendor.

All profits from the sale of Disappearing St. Louis will go to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, a nonprofit organization that is successfully rebuilding a historic north side neighborhood one building at a time. To learn more, visit

The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is not affiliated with Disappearing St. Louis. The book is an independent project by the author.

Check out the link to buy the book here. Also, the author has a website at Seeing St. Louis.

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  1. Thanks for mentioning my book on your website!Amy

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