The Beauty of Dutchtown, 85: South Grand Boulevard and Delor Street

A little bit further south and a bit of an outlier, this building built in 1930 is an interesting mix of styles. Constructed in 1930, this complex has two distinct sides. There was the more conservative public and commercial side facing Grand, but then there is the more experimental side facing Delor. That less busy…

The Beauty of Dutchtown, 83: Gustine Avenue and Chippewa Street

Much later, this building built in 1937 shows the influence of the Streamline Modern on its design. The large limestone or cast concrete panels above the windows are a nice touch, with the stars. The orange brick runs up the walls in stripes, giving a sense of speed. I also would like to invite readers…

Downtown from the McKinley Bridge

The views of downtown from the McKinley Bridge are also impressive. The vacant Southwestern Bell building can be seen below, with the boarded up windows that were shot out by stray bullets earlier this year clearly visible. The Eagleton Federal Courthouse is to the west. Then there is the iconic Civil Courts building. The Stan…

Lindell Boulevard from Grand Boulevard to Vandeventer Avenue

Ah, Lindell Boulevard! I avoid the street like the plague because it is such a dysfunctional street. Once a residential street lined with mansions, sometime in the Twentieth Century it became the busiest street in the city. The mansions were demolished, and it became lined with businesses, while the through traffic jumped over to Highway…

Urban Density Surviving on Grand Boulevard

While all those demolitions are going on down south, there are actually a fair number of really nice buildings still standing just to the north, particularly on the west side of Grand Boulevard. Justine Peterson has a presence in one building, nice rehabbed above. There’s this spectacular Art-Deco storefront above, which is a rarity in…

Former Bridge, Beach & Co., Revisited

I’ve looked at the massive Bridge, Beach & Co. factory on North Union Boulevard twice before, once in August of 2014 and then again in November of 2018. It seems to stretch onto blocks on both sides of Brown Avenue and terminates on the west side of Geraldine Avenue. The Sanborn Map from 1920 shows…

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…

Cincinnati Union Terminal

Out on the western edge of the urban core of Cincinnati is the Union Terminal, which while still serving rail connections for the city, is now mostly turned over to museums. There’s a great history of the building here; it was one of the last major train stations built in America and was apparently only…

Old Carter Carburetor Offices and Pythias Hall

I’ve looked at the old Carter Carburetor Plant on North Grand Boulevard before many times in the past, and it has been demolished and remediated for PCBs. But the office building for the company was located in the heart of Grand Center. Originally intended to be a skyscraper in 1925, only the first two stories…