It’s been almost exactly a decade since a fire ripped through one of the massive buildings of the Crunden-Martin complex in December of 2011.
I came back in January of 2014, and little had changed since the conflagration except some of the scorch marks had been washed off the outside by the rain.
By August of 2018, however, there was dramatic change, as there was much more light shining through the windows of the upper stories of the building.
As you can see in these new pictures from this last weekend in late October of 2021, there is continued collapse of the wood structural elements of the interior. I cannot see what is happening on the lower floors.
The bridge, which links the fire-damaged building to the main portion of the complex, is perhaps one of the more iconic shots in St. Louis, with the Gateway Arch behind it.
I recently looked at this building again back in June of 2020.
It seems well-secured, but after so many buildings have been destroyed by fire down here, I’m always worried what will happen to all the historic structures.
The shot below is looking up at the fire escape. Why there were none incorporated into the interior is unknown to me; looking at the Anheuser-Busch or Lemp breweries, there are ample interior staircases for egress.
I noticed this beautiful little detail on the corner of the building.
What I love about the area are the little snapshots and view of distant objects and buildings.
There has been some recent demolitions down here, as well. I don’t remember what was here.