After a humble but elegant alley apartment building, Russell Boulevard hits its stride, with one of the most stunning streetscapes in St. Louis. Eclectic, regal and carefully crafted houses show what the City looked like after the Civil War.
A Blog detailing the beauty of St. Louis architecture and the buildup of residue-or character-that accumulates over the course of time.
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The ivy looks really good with the varied colors but isn’t ivy destructive to the facade of a house?
The old joke is that ivy will destroy your grout in fifty years, but grout without ivy will have to replaced in half a century.
What you are referring to is correct in regards to English Ivy. However, Boston Ivy (which is what appears to be growing on the building) adheres by clinging to a surface, not by roots penetrating into the surface (brick, mortar, wood, etc.). It does not damage whatever it is growing on through the simple act of it growing and being there. The damage comes when people remove it by ripping off the building. The plant should be killed, then after the clinging portions of the plant have deteriorated, it can be pulled off cleanly without causing any damage.