Fifteenth Anniversary of Saint Louis Patina

I started this website fifteen years ago today, and we’ve come a long ways since then. Three reboots, two crashes, and hopefully now it looks better than ever due to the hard work of around twenty WordPress technicians back in January and February of this year. Thankfully, there are still plenty of new things to…

5,000th Post: The Ruins of the Freie Gemeinde

None of my friends who live up north around the St. Louis Place and Old North St. Louis neighborhoods told me they were terribly surprised when the old Freie Gemeinde when up in flames on a bitterly cold night a week ago. It suffered a partial collapse way back in 2013, and when I checked…

4,500th Post

A long time ago, perhaps 3,000 posts ago, I realized that if I wasn’t careful, I could make a really nice neighborhood look like a complete disaster, or conversely, with just a few strategic photographs, make a totally desolate street with only a couple of houses left look like it was completely intact. As an…

Thirteenth Anniversary of Saint Louis Patina

2507-9 Hebert Street are both owned by Paul McKee’s Northside Regeneration. The thirteenth anniversary technically happened yesterday, on the Sixteenth, but I wanted to finish up my series on Dubuque first. What’s one day nowadays, anyway, when days run into the next and weekends are meaningless? I was struggling to think of something to write…

Twelfth Anniversary of Saint Louis Patina

I don’t have much to report on this twelfth anniversary of St. Louis Patina, other than to thank you all for coming back every week and all of your comments and stories. I really do appreciate it. For your viewing pleasure are some historic photos I found from the Missouri History Museum of West Cabanne…

4,000th Post

3,999 posts ago, I started this website, back in May of 2007 (the twelfth anniversary is coming up in a couple of months), and while technically a few posts have been deleted for various reasons due to redundancy, or whatnot, I thought it might be interesting to check in on what has happened to the…

Eleventh Anniversary of St. Louis Patina

For this eleventh anniversary of St. Louis Patina, I realized that some of you might not know that I write a weekly on-line column about history and architecture at St. Louis Magazine. It comes out every Wednesday, under the History tab, though it always appears on the frontpage of the website, as well. There is…

3,500th Post: Could We Please Just Stop Building Crap?

So it’s been over a decade since the Century Building has been torn down, and the 9th Street Garage, built in its place, has managed not to collapse in that time period. A friend of mine, who worked on the garage, said it was not built properly and had to be repaired during construction. They…

Ten Year Anniversary of St. Louis Patina

I hope my readers, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of this website, will allow me to talk about something other than St. Louis architecture. As I’ve said before, over the last decade St. Louis Patina has become something much more than a just a place for pictures of beautiful or abandoned buildings (though…