Poplar Street Bridge Approaches, Revisited

Update: The construction is now complete, with the ramp now expanded to two lanes. The rebuilding of the inadequate, dangerous ramp that hugged the street grid south of the Poplar Street Bridge and gave northbound I-55 access to the eastbound lanes has begun. The piece of concrete above has changed since the last time I…

MacArthur Bridge, Mid May 2017

I’ve always loved the massive steel girders of the MacArthur Bridge, snaking its way through Chouteau’s Landing. It even goes over the top of a warehouse at one point–that would never be allowed nowadays. I am giving a free lecture onDaniel Martensz Mytens the Elder’sPortrait of Charles Iat the Saint Louis Art Museum this Thursday,…

MacArthur Bridge Approaches, Revisited

A giant freight train was rumbling by up above, and yet again I found myself staring up at the shear sublime beauty of the MacArthur Bridge. An article about its inception was just published in the Post-Dispatch.

Servco Building, Devastated by Fire

The dramatic fog of smoke that settled up and down the river in St. Louis during this fire was unforgettable. And we lose yet another building on Chouteau’s Landing.

Crunden-Martin, Waiting

Update: When I went back in August of 2018, the buildings had not changed. There had been substantial collapse of the interior when I went back in October of 2021. Crunden-Martin Manufacturing was one of those industries East Coast types like to cite when talking about the so-called “Rust Belt.” Famous for its wood products,…

Chouteau’s Landing Demolition

I don’t understand why this building is being torn down. It sits right on the western edge of Chouteau’s Landing, in the shadow of the approaches to the MacArthur Bridge. One more building gone. The mural, commissioned from Peat Wollaeger, was supposed to be saved, but it was seriously damaged anyway this week. No word…

Playing Around With My New Camera

I finally have my new camera, to which many of you generously donated money, up and running with a wide angle lens. I thought I should drive around and take some pictures of long or tall buildings to show it off. Above the MacArthur Bridge. Below, warehouses on the Near North Riverfront. Here is the…

Powell Square Lawn

Wonder what’s been happening on the old Powell Square site? Not much.