Demolition Starts for the University City TIF

The demolition of the mid-Twentieth Century strip malls, a former synagogue and a church has commenced along Olive Boulevard just east of I-170 in University City. Olivette has also started on its own development to the west of the interstate. Below, the former St. Andrew Kim and before that St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church has…

Two Old Lutheran Cemeteries on Olive Boulevard

I came across two very old and historic Lutheran/Evangelisch cemeteries at the corner of Olive Boulevard and North Warson Road. The first, which you can see above and below, is the cemetery of Immanuel Lutheran Church, which dates all the way back to 1844. This church traces its origins to Zion Evangelisch in 1838, and…

Quinette Cemetery

Long neglected and vandalized, Quinette Cemetery has now been restored by the City of Kirkwood. It is possibly the oldest African American cemetery west of the Mississippi, according to an explanatory text posted at the entrance. There is a very nice path constructed by a Boy Scout troop that wends its way around the cemetery,…

Parkdale Avenue Between Westwood and Audubon Drives, Clayton

For some unknown reason, I found myself heading east down Parkdale Avenue in Clayton a couple weeks ago. In many ways, it is sort of the perfect urban. First, there is a block of apartment buildings, for those who need or want a small or affordable living situation closer to the commercial corridor along Hanley,…

St. Louis Community College, Meramec

Purchased in 1959 with plans to become a subdivision after the closing of the former St. Joseph College, the large open tract of land at Big Bend Road (formerly Quinette) and Couch Avenue became St. Louis Community College-Meramec Campus. St. Joseph College was operated for seventy years by the Redemptorist Order. The architecture is typical…

Around the Gates, University City

The sun was setting as I took some pictures of the gates to University Heights, just to the west of the Loop. The lions are actually concrete casts of the originals, which are now in an undisclosed location. I still think University City’s city hall is one of the most beautiful in the area. Update:…

Times Changing in Frontenac and Ladue

We made it out too late to document the trailer park in Frontenac, which had once housed workers who had processed uranium for nuclear weapons at Weldon Springs. I’m not being facetious when I say that this trailer park had a lot of history behind it. Below, we also viewed the site of the controversial…

Demolition of St. Mary of the Angels Convent

“As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.” Luke 21:6 As some readers have helpfully informed me, I am far too stupid to understand the wisdom of the sages of the great American religion of Capitalism,…

Dutch Lane, Washington Township, August 2019

Getting off of U.S. Highway 24 eastbound out of Peoria towards Washington, just to the north running parallel is Dutch Lane. It is one of those roads that is only a half mile north of sprawl, but is a hundred miles away figuratively. It ends at a T-junction, and then a road heads south to…

St. Agnes Home

Given by Elizabeth Moehring to the Carmelite Sisters in 1929, the St. Agnes Home opened in 1935 in the far northeastern corner of Kirkwood. It reminds me of an old monastery you might see in Normandy along the British Channel up on a cliff above the waves. It has forested grounds surrounding the main building,…