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,…

St. Clement of Rome Roman Catholic Church

St. Clement of Rome is a beautiful Modernist church out west in Des Peres; I was able to photograph its exterior recently. Rob Powers has stunning pictures of the interior here. The church of San Clemente in Rome is one of my favorites; it is built on the remains of a Paleo-Christian sanctuary, which is…

The Shanley Building

Update: While threatened with demolition in 2019, the Shanley Building was ultimately incorporated into the plans for a mixed use project approved by Clayton in late December of 2020. The Shanley Building was designed by Harris Armstrong and opened in the 1930s. I photographed it for the first time back in 2010, not realizing its…

Chaminade College Preparatory School

The stately Chaminade College Preparatory School sits on Lindbergh Boulevard, and is operated by the Society of Mary. It opened in 1910 as a boarding school, when it was far out in the countryside and reached by train. It is a nice composition that has not been altered on its front elevation in over a…

Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School

Designed by Patrick M. O’Meara and James B. Hills, Villa Duchesne was opened in 1929 by Mother Mary Reid of the Society of the Sacred Heart, in the architectural style that could be described as “Norman Revival” but what I will label Romanesque Revival. It is heavily influenced by the restoration of the Medieval fortress of Carcassonne…

La Hacienda

La Hacienda subdivision was laid out in the early 1930s, and the housing stock ranges from then to the 1950s. It is a unique blend of many different types of houses, from the Spanish Revival, like its gates, to the Tudor Revival. The Prado is the main boulevard entrance off of Ladue Road, just west…

Congregation Temple Israel

Rob Powers at Built St. Louis has taken much better pictures of Congregation Temple Israel, but I was surprised to discover that the bronze finial on the roof is now gone. I have featured a previous location of Temple Israel at Holy Corners in the past. Built in, it is truly an exceptional example of…

The Old Estate, Huntleigh

I went to an estate sale in one of the largest remaining pieces of farmland left outside of the river bottoms or in the furthest reaches of St. Louis County. It sold recently, and its future is now uncertain. I hope its new owners preserve its beauty.

Hay Grain, Flour & Feed Mills.

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University City High School

The massive University City High School was designed by Hugo K. Graf and Wilber Tyson Trueblood, in what I would describe as an Art Deco style. It combines older sculpting traditions with more modern aesthetics in massing and line. It holds the roundabout where it sits with a strong presence. It opened in 1930.