Town Square, Fairfield, Iowa

The vibrant, fully occupied town square in Fairfield raises an interesting quandary; many of its buildings no longer possess their historic fronts, but they still house operating businesses.  Is architectural uniformity and beauty more important than a healthy city?  Certainly not, and while the storefronts of Fairfield with their hodgepodge of often disparate styles are…

The Alley Behind the New Cathedral

I was alerted by friends and readers of this website of a fascinating lacuna from the history of the New Cathedral and its relationship to the Central West End.  Several decades ago, the Archdiocese bought approximately twenty feet of the backyards of all of its neighbors on Maryland Avenue, and reimbursed the owners for the…

Mansard Roofed Alley House

This Second Empire alley house is all that is left of nearly a whole block of St. Louis Place. It’s hard to imagine that there was once the need for people to build houses along the alleys considering that nowadays the neighborhood is so desolate.

Sump Coffee, South Jefferson

Update: I revisited the house in the third photo in July of 2018. At a newly renovated storefront on Jefferson at Winnebago, Sump Coffee is a perfect example of individuals in St. Louis not waiting for huge “silver bullet” developments but rather just getting out their saw and hammer and acting on a dream.  Plus…

Bank Drive-In, East St. Louis

East St. Louis was still thriving in the 50’s and 60’s, and these really cool drive-up bank teller windows are evidence of that. Built along an alley behind the bank, you can imagine cars swinging into these spots, and then heading out into the traffic of a bustling downtown.

A Little of Benton Park West and Benton Park

Update: The house above in Benton Park on South Jefferson Avenue was gutted by fire after this photograph was taken. I love the streets and alleys of Benton Park West, where there’s so much potential.

Recent Photography in Hyde Park #5

This house fascinated me with its interesting interior space in the backyard. Now in a state of collapse, it will probably not be renovated any time soon.

Marine Villa Along Broadway

Update: The building above is now home to Sister Cities, a fantastic Cajun restaurant. Marine Villa is one of those neighborhoods that is forgotten about, often times confused with just being the southern portion of Benton Park, and doesn’t have a lot of businesses that are well known outside of the neighborhood. But it still…