The last couple of weeks, and in particular the most recent, have been rough on historic buildings in St. Louis, with fires striking numerous prominent and lesser known structures. The first one I’m looking at is a recycling center in the Baden area. I am well aware that dirty industry built St. Louis into the…
Former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church and Baden Elementary School
The former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church is a mighty structure, stretching for a considerable length down the west side of Annetta Avenue at the intersection of that street with Halls Ferry Road and Veronica Avenue. It was originally founded at a different location in Baden in 1871 or 1872, and closed…
I finally got back into the heart of the North Pointe neighborhood, which for simplicity’s sake, I include under the Baden tag. North Pointe is easily one of the most beautiful, intact and best kept secrets in the entire city of St. Louis. I could not find a single abandoned house, and I maybe could…
Vivian Astra Park
I had always seen this swooping oasis from Google Satellite up in the North Pointe neighborhood, far up in the northern reaches of the City, and I finally made it by to see it in person. Created by Vivian and Astra avenues, the park is really a wide boulevard that is the shape of a…
Baden, July 2019
The newer part of Baden is looking so good, up by Riverview Boulevard south of the Halls Ferry Circle, but down closer to North Broadway, there are a lot of problems, much like I had observed in the winter of 2018. While the houses across the street from Holy Cross are still standing, I noticed…
Antelope Street, Revisited
Update: The houses have been demolished. Yes, there is a street in St. Louis where there is an active train track going right through people’s front yards. It is Antelope Street in the Baden neighborhood, and you reach it by turning right just after the viaduct when you’re heading north on Broadway. “Wait a minute,”…
Baden in Winter #38, The VFW
This building now serves as a VFW post. I think it is still occupied by that organization, but I am not sure.
Baden in Winter #37, Newby Street and Environs
Newby Street has grand Second Empire houses, and rare Gingerbread apartment buildings. It has solid Romanesque Revival four-families, as well. And then, we hit a row of houses that would fit right into St. Louis Hills. There is much variety in Baden, some good, and certainly some bad. But it is not all the same.
Baden in Winter #36, The German Building
This house looks like something out of Germany in the Sixteenth Century. It seems like it is just a really nice duplex, with two front doors. Its decorative ogee and scrollwork with finials shows its influence.
Baden in Winter #35, 1100 Block of McLaran Avenue
There’s a cluster of old wood frame houses on the side streets off of Halls Ferry Road. There are also other houses in brick that look like buildings you would see in other parts of the city.