This Is The End

Koyaanisqatsi (from the Hopi language), noun. 1. crazy life. 2. life in turmoil. 3. life out of balance. 4. life disintegrating. 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living. The metal beasts struggled and roared, seething and growling, smoke pouring from their snouts. The steel wire strained and snapped, not once, but…

Bethlehem Lutheran’s Lone Tower

With permission, we examined the last remnants of Bethlehem Lutheran, where demolition is almost complete. The tower is staying for the time being. There is a strange, surreal aspect to the tower standing all along by itself. It is still beautiful, even in this state.

The Death of Bethlehem Lutheran

Update: Demolition completed in August of 2014. So it finally happened; Bethlehem Lutheran “collapsed” one night. Demolition seems to be on hold, though.

Hyde Park Churches, Revisited in Eastern Sunlight

Update: Bethlehem Lutheran was demolished in the summer of 2014. One sunny morning I decided to take pictures of a couple of Hyde Park churches I normally photograph in the afternoon.  The morning light, particularly on the front of the abandoned Bethlehem Lutheran, was spectacular. Likewise, I was just able to catch a little light on…

Bethlehem Lutheran Languishing

Update: The church was demolished in the summer of 2014. It looks like the roof over the crossing is starting to sag even more than before, but I’m not sure.  I hope this church will survive to the day when it can be properly restored by a caring owner.

Bethlehem Lutheran

Bethlehem Lutheran’s owners apparently want to tear the church down, but lack the money to do so. Thank God, as it is an incredibly beautiful church that should still be here when Hyde Park rebounds, of which it is already showing signs. The church is in bad shape, but obviously not past the point of…

Checking Up on North St. Louis

I decided to get out and photograph some new places on the North Side, and check up on some old favorites. While I was inspired by some grand new buildings and some great little secrets, overall I was greatly disheartened at the general decline that has continued in the area. Update: Sadly, I have no…

A Few Highlights of North St. Louis

Update: This is truly terrible post, and I’ve learned much more about St. Louis history since writing this way back in 2007. Editor, July 2019. First of all, I apologize for the delay in substantive posts; I’ve not had the chance to photograph new material in a while… Largely through Built St. Louis  I have…