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…

St. Gabriel Archangel Roman Catholic Church

I almost missed St. Gabriel the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, which sits on the north side of Francis Park in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood. It is one of a series of churches designed by A.F. and Arthur Stauder, along with at least St. Stephen Protomartyr and St. Joan of Arc. The parish has an…

The Crossroads of the World: Grand and Gravois

Inspired by a World Wide Magazine visit to the intersection of Grand and Gravois, I photographed the old South Side National Bank. It’s been turned into condos or apartments. It was going to be demolished for a Walgreen’s but cooler heads prevailed. It’s sort of St. Louis’s own shorter version of the Empire State Building….

Former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Hannibal

It must be a hidden talent, but the first major building we stumbled upon coming into Hannibal was a giant abandoned building, which in this case is the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. It’s the usual story; it was founded over a century ago by nuns, it was added on to repeatedly over the last one…

National Candy Company

The old National Candy Company factory sat empty for years, and was first the target of redevelopment for a charter school a few years ago. That never happened, so in a continuing trend, U-Haul got a hold of it and renovated it for storage, which I think is a perfectly fine reuse. It’s a great…

Gravois Avenue Viaduct

The Gravois Avenue underpass, started in 1940, is much deeper than its neighbor, the Chippewa Avenue underpass. Much like its neighbor, it was built to go under the Missouri Pacific railroad tracks, and was originally budgeted to cost around $600,000. It ended up costing $850,000. And similarly, the right-of-way and its bridge are now much…

Bellefontaine Cemetery Late Spring 2020

Things are looking good around Bellefontaine Cemetery this spring, and I took the opportunity to walk around different parts of the grounds to see how the historic mausolea and tombs were doing. First up is this trio of two obelisks and a Corinthian column; compositionally they work together so well. I headed away from there…