Historic American Buildings Survey: The Clemens Mansion

It seems like it’s been far longer, but it’s coming up on three years since fire gutted the James Clemens Mansion, resulting in its final demolition. But back in November of 1960, Paul Piaget photographed the mansion when it was still part of a religious complex as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey, cataloged…

Coming Soon: Nothing! James Clemens Mansion Edition

Update: See photos of the Clemens Mansion in the 1960s here. The site is still a vacant lot. We all knew this was how it was going to end, but it still hurts to see. Note: all offers to purchase the property were rejected, so don’t pull the old, “Well, why didn’t you buy it…

Clemens Mansion, Mid-January Before Demolition

Update: See photos of the Clemens Mansion in the 1960s. The site is now vacant. Back, just when the demolition of the Clemens Mansion was just starting, I took these pictures. I am very sad to see it go, particularly because the owner, Paul McKee never put any real effort into saving it, and more…

Clemens Mansion: Part 2, Further Examination

Update: Demolition was completed by the spring of 2018. See photos of the mansion in the 1960s here. The site is still a vacant lot. Under no circumstance should you get close the Clemens Mansion; the walls are far too unstable. I captured these images with a zoom lens. But you don’t need to worry…

Clemens Mansion: Part 1, What Else Is There to Say?

Update: Demolition was completed by the spring of 2018. The site is still a vacant lot. See photos of the mansion in the 1960s here. As I walked west on Cass Avenue, towards the smoldering ruins of the Clemens Mansion, the sound of water trickling as it ran out of pipes and gutters reached my…

Clemens Mansion, Two Weeks in Winter 2016

Update: Completely destroyed by suspected arson in the early morning hours of July 12, 2017. The site is now a vacant lot. See photos of the mansion in the 1960s here. At this rate, the Clemens Mansion is going to be a pile of rubble in a few years. Offers to help or even buy…

Clemens Mansion, Late Summer 2013

Update: Completely destroyed by suspected arson in the early morning hours of July 12, 2017. See photos of the mansion in the 1960s here. Not much has changed at the Clemens Mansion since the last time I was by, except the weeds are taller and the plywood grayer.

Clemens Mansion

Update: Completely destroyed by suspected arson in the early morning hours of July 12, 2017. The City of St. Louis cut ties with Paul McKee’s Northside in June of 2018. See photographs of the mansion in the 1960s here. The site is still a vacant lot. I took a look at the Clemens Mansion this…

Brick Thievery Continues in St. Louis Place

Update: Every building in this post is now destroyed. The building above and below was destroyed by brick thieves and eventually demolished. The City of St. Louis cut ties with Paul McKee’s Northside in June of 2018. The old funeral home on St. Louis Place is coming down fast, with little evidence that anyone can…

North Side Updates

Update: The school was demolished in 2008. The Clemens Mansion was completely destroyed by suspected arson in the early morning hours of July 12, 2017. See photographs of the mansion in the 1960s here. The City of St. Louis cut ties with Paul McKee’s Northside in June of 2018. Two North St. Louis institutions continue to…