Chesterfield Mall, Blocked Off

Back in January of 2021 we noticed that the owners of Chesterfield Mall were building walls blocking off the old Dillard’s and Sears wings of the mall, which were also the oldest portions. When I went back recently, their plan had been implemented, and those parts had been locked and closed off. A similar form…

Triage, Chesterfield Mall

Update: By late 2021, the work was complete and the Dillard’s and Sears wings were blocked off. They’re closing off the Dillard’s and Sears wings of Chesterfield Mall, no doubt as a way of saving money on maintenance, utilities and staffing, much as the owners of Jamestown Mall did years ago. These pictures are of…

Chesterfield Mall: Epilogue

Update: With little fanfare, both Macy’s and the mall reopened after all in mid-May 2020. I don’t think the Macy’s at Chesterfield Mall is going to reopen. Back after the Dillard’s was flooded due to a water main break, they announced it was going to reopen, but then I went by and there was no…

New and Old Wilson Road

Nowadays, Wilson Road in Chesterfield curves to hook up with Clarkson Woods Drive at a stop light with Clarkson Road, which dates back to the widening of what is MO340. But it wasn’t always like that. In fact, back in 1878, when Julius Pitzman published his atlas of St. Louis County (I could have sworn…

Chesterfield Mall, The Weekend After Its Sale

Not many families come around to play at the St. Luke’s Hospital Play Area anymore, Dr. Ted E. Bear informed me on a recent visit to Chesterfield Mall. Plays areas were never this cool when I was young. We chatted a bit, and I realized later my portrait of Dr. Bear actually ended up being…

Chesterfield Mall, 99% Dead

So this is how it all ends. With Macy’s chugging along, and apparently the Cheesecake Factory and the movie theater locked into long leases or owning their own buildings, Chesterfield Mall seems to have finally bit the dust. There are still maybe two stores open, but otherwise the halls are empty, and the air conditioning…

Westland Acres

Update: The sale of the property mentioned in this post did not happen, but individual parcels are still for sale. Due to an eagle-eyed reader, I learned recently that the historic freedmen’s settlement of Westland Acres recently sold for a substantial amount of money. Inhabited by the descendants of freed slaves for generations, I suspect…

Old Farm House Revealed

The cutting through of a new section of Wild Horse Creek Road off of the old Olive Street Road, which began its life as a plank road, has opened up new pieces of land for development out in Chesterfield. The clearing of trees has revealed an old farmhouse and two barns, which county assessor records…

Hardee’s Iceplex, Under Demolition

I guess I don’t understand why it was a good idea to tear down the ice rinks out in Gumbo Flats. Was it low quality? I just remember friends in high school having to practice at 2:00 AM in the morning because ice time was at such a premium, but apparently there is a “glut”…

Restored B-25 Bomber

We had the opportunity to see a restored B-25 bomber out at Spirit of St. Louis Airport a few weeks ago. There are few left, and it was fun to see the plane up close.