McPherson Avenue Between North Newstead and Boyle Avenues, North Side

At the northeast corner of North Newstead and McPherson avenues, we see something surprising: an apartment building. It makes me wonder what would have happened to the rest of the block if the population of the Central West End had continued to become denser. Would more houses have been knocked down and replaced with similar…

Kingshighway, Fall 2019

Kingshighway south of Lindell is dominated by apartment buildings, but most importantly by the hospitals which have come to symbolize the east end of Forest Park. The Park Plaza tower to the north will always be a landmark, above, but below the “ABCD” buildings are still iconic examples of the high style of the early…

The Central West End in Transition

Twenty years ago, when I would spend time in my friend’s family restaurant, the Majestic, I would have never imagined the way in which the Central West End south of Lindell would have been transformed in the last ten years. The signs were appearing, of course. First was the towering Park East, seen above, which…

Further Demolition, Lansdowne Towers

I went back by the Lansdowne Towers the second weekend of November to see how the demolition of the three buildings were going. The two southernmost towers were completely annihilated, and the northernmost one, which you can see on the left above, was clearly vacant. I do not know if it is still being demolished….

Demolition, Lansdowne Towers

Update: See the first two towers completely demolished here. They’ve begun to tear down the Brenton Tower, one of four public housing apartment buildings part of the Lansdowne Towers, located in the northeastern portion of East St. Louis. I’d been by here before, almost exactly two years ago, and one time since then (thought I…

Under the Viaducts in the Mill Creek Valley, Part 3

Update: The building above was demolished in the fall of 2022. There are still some buildings just south of Highway 40 that were designed when Market Street still passed by their northern facades, such as the one above. But when the highway was built after World War II, they suddenly found themselves in limbo. See…

Checking Up on Far North County

Years ago BeltSTL and I took a drive around Far North County and checked out some old buildings, including this old farmstead. The barns appear to look in good condition, though there has been no progress on finding a new use for them. Jamestown Mall is now completely dead, and the parking lots are blocked…

Skinker-DeBaliviere #13, Charing Cross

A high-rise apartment building such as this is actually rare in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood, but this one sits right along Skinker, and perhaps points to a future form for the busy thoroughfare if the Great Depression had not hit St. Louis.

Lansdowne Towers

I stumbled across this public housing complex in northern East St. Louis. It is extremely isolated, and it was surprising to be driving around two story houses, and heavy undergrowth, to all of the sudden see these manila brick-colored apartments rise above the tree line.   They are operated by the East St. Louis Housing…