Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota, Revisited

Starting today, I’m going to be going back to the vaults and publishing pictures from some of my travels in the Upper Midwest in 2018. I visited the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for a friend’s wedding, and contributor Jeff Phillips and I visited the Co-Cathedral of St. Paul while we had some time off before the…

Missouri Avenue, Lafayette Square

I realized I had never photographed the western side of Lafayette Square, where there is a plethora of beautiful houses, such as what was the McLaughlin Funeral Home. Its third floor once had a Mansard roof, as was typical of the Second Empire style, but it was destroyed by the Great Cyclone of 1896, and…

Revisiting St. Louis Place, Early February 2019

I went by the site of the old Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, which is still a vacant lot since it was first damaged by a fire and then demolished. I was intrigued by a rectangle of concrete with rough aggregate in the middle of the lot–was this a relic of the old church? I…

Most Holy Name of Jesus, College Hill, Revisited

Update: See my series on the College Hill neighborhood around the church. For my weekly column at St. Louis Magazine, I wrote about the rich architectural history of the former Most Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in the College Hill neighborhood of North St. Louis. Here are some additional details of the stunning…

Returning to St. Louis Avenue Now For Over A Decade

Update: See St. Louis Avenue further west of here in these three posts: here, here,?here?and here. The row of houses in between Parnell (really sort of the traffic artery Jefferson becomes up north) and N. Florissant Avenue is one of the most beautiful streets in St. Louis. I love showing it to visitors to blow…

South Entrance Lodge, Tower Grove Park

I can’t find much information about the South Entrance Lodge of Tower Grove Park, but it is a wonderful building combining a mostly Romanesque Revival Style structure with elements of the Baroque Revival. It sits close to the Arsenal Entrance and Center Cross Street, and the busy cut-through traffic from Tower Grove Avenue and Magnolia…

Moses Montefiore Synagogue, Bloomington, Illinois

Update: The synagogue has been renovated by a new owner. Don’t let anyone tell you that smaller cities in America are boring! After eating lunch at a great “farm to table” place downtown, I began wandering around the streets to the east of Bloomington’s center. I spotted this building, and was intrigued; what was it?…

First Presbyterian, Later Calvary Baptist Church, Mattoon

Update: Edited for content in July of 2021. We spotted this stunning dome through the trees as we drove through Mattoon, Illinois. As we approached, we came to the realization that the church is abandoned, with wide open windows allowing in rain and trespassers. But that dome! It’s been slapped with cheap metal cladding, slathered…

Shrine of St. Joseph

Built in 1846, with substantial remodeling completed in 1866 by the Jesuits to serve the German population of the Near North Side, the Shrine of St. Joseph is one of the oldest buildings still left in the city. The lavish Baroque Revival fašade, from 1881 (incorrectly described as Romanesque Revival at the shrine’s website) seems…