Central Park, Downtown Jacksonville, Illinois

Jacksonville was founded by groups of “Yankees,” from New England, many of whom were graduates of Yale University. I can’t help but think the influence of the large town commons and greens of cities such as New Haven played a part in the design of Central Park, the outsized town square of Jacksonville. The center…

Washington, Illinois, March 2022

I last photographed Washington, Illinois back in August of 2019, and I was passing through so I thought I was take a look around. My grandfather helped dig the basement of the church above with his team of horses back in the early Twentieth Century. This house nearby unfortunately has suffered a recent fire. I…

Ohio Avenue Between Winnebago and Miami Streets, Gravois Park

Editor’s Note: Due to the malfunctioning of St. Louis Patina in mid-January 2022, the original text of this post was lost. In the future, the commentary will be rewritten, but in the meantime, the post’s photos that survived the website crash will be presented as is.

5100 Block of Cabanne Avenue

I’ve looked at a little bit of Cabanne Avenue in between Union and Kingshighway boulevards before, but I decided to take a look at another section of the street between Clarendon and Academy avenues one Saturday morning. The housing stock is in great condition, with just a few abandoned buildings. It is more ornate than…

5300-5400 Block of Maple Avenue

I’ve actually photographed the houses above and below before, back when I looked at Maple Avenue in April of this year (last photo), but they were on the other side of a street closure, which are common throughout this part of the city. I’d looked at Maple another time, way back in December of 2015,…

The Naked Truth, November 2021

I looked at The Naked Truth back in 2007, and I thought it was due time to go back and more carefully examine this famous sculpture that was moved around Reservoir Park with the construction of Interstate 44. It commemorates the three editors of the Westliche Post, a German language newspaper that I can attest…

Northeast Side of Crunden-Martin, October 2021

I photographed the east side of Crunden-Martin back in the summer of 2020, and not much had changed. The hulking buildings are still vacant, and are built of a sort of pale red brick. A portion of the terracotta cornice, which may have been white or cream-colored when it was originally installed but has turned…

South Side of Crunden-Martin October 2021

It’s been almost exactly a decade since a fire ripped through one of the massive buildings of the Crunden-Martin complex in December of 2011. I came back in January of 2014, and little had changed since the conflagration except some of the scorch marks had been washed off the outside by the rain. By August…

Twenty Years Since 9/11, Revisiting Washington, DC, Part Three

Finally, on Saturday night, my friend went off to a wedding and I went to Adams Morgan to meet up with some old friends. I took the Metro to the Woodley Park station, which has one of the longest escalators in the world, so I could then walk across the Taft Bridge, which is one…

Twenty Years Since 9/11, Revisiting Washington, DC, Part One

As a few of my readers know, I was living in Washington, DC on September 11, 2001, exactly two miles away from the Pentagon when the plane crashed into it. I moved back at Christmastime of 2006, and had only been back to the District of Columbia twice since then. I just returned for the…