4,000th Post

3,999 posts ago, I started this website, back in May of 2007 (the twelfth anniversary is coming up in a couple of months), and while technically a few posts have been deleted for various reasons due to redundancy, or whatnot, I thought it might be interesting to check in on what has happened to the…

3,500th Post: Could We Please Just Stop Building Crap?

So it’s been over a decade since the Century Building has been torn down, and the 9th Street Garage, built in its place, has managed not to collapse in that time period. A friend of mine, who worked on the garage, said it was not built properly and had to be repaired during construction. They…

Century Building SLAPP Concluded?

Many years ago, there was a beautiful building in downtown St. Louis, sheathed entirely of marble, and featuring a large open floor plan on the first floor easily adaptable for reuse, as it was once a department store and theater back in St. Louis’s heyday. Two citizens, Roger Plackemeier and Marcia Behrendt, believed it was…

Spolia Part 2

Update: The stones below are from the Century Building.

Don’t Get Me Started…

Update: The Roberts Tower sat empty for years, but now houses apartments; the plaza is under-utilized on most days. It would have been so easy to build the Ninth Street Garage north of the Old Post Office and save the Century Building. Heck, what is most annoying is that people would probably be moving into the…

“Terra Cotta City”

While living in Washington, DC for the last six years, I stumbled on a couple of cool sites that featured the vanishing Victorian Period architecture of the city. One of these, Victorian Secrets, interestingly featured a “field trip” to St. Louis and its rich terracotta history. The terracotta firm in question actually had its offices…

An Almost Unforgivable Error

The Old Post Office Square in downtown St. Louis was remarkable for its near perfect state of preservation on three of its four sides. So the logical action for St. Louis to take would be to destroy one of those three sides. If you don’t know me well, I will just say that I’m being…

Transitions: New and Old

Update: The Syndicate Trust Building has now been renovated into apartments and condominiums. As is common in many urban environments, buildings often rub up against each other in a sometimes awkward fashion. The Syndicate Trust and Century Buildings used to seamlessly flow together; now the newly erected and banally named “9th Street Garage“, which took…