State Street Historic District, Jacksonville, Part Two

Moving along down east back towards Central Park in Jacksonville on West State Street, we encounter the August Ayers House, constructed in 1857. That date of construction makes it an incredibly early example of Italianate architecture. Moving along, the Italianate houses are humbler, but I can’t help but notice that the house below has a…

Former MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois

The picturesque church looks like you’re standing in the middle of a Colonial era commons, and Red Coats could march into the middle of the swath of greensward any moment. But in reality, you’re looking at the Annie Merner Chapel, at the former MacMurray college, which closed back in May of 2020. It had opened…

Pierre Laclede School

Opened in 1914 according to designs by William Ittner, Pierre Laclede Elementary School is at least the second school to hold that name in the St. Louis Public School system. The first was deep in the city and was a typical design that can still be seen in designs such as the Blow and Des…

Stratford Inn, Abandoned

The Stratford Inn recently suffered a fire that was probably caused by squatters. It had been abandoned for years, after a long run as an extended stay hotel. I think many Americans don’t realize that there is a huge demand for accommodations for people who can’t afford or don’t have the credit to rent traditional…

5300-5400 Block of Maple Avenue

I’ve actually photographed the houses above and below before, back when I looked at Maple Avenue in April of this year (last photo), but they were on the other side of a street closure, which are common throughout this part of the city. I’d looked at Maple another time, way back in December of 2015,…

Southwest Garden, Part One

The Southwest Garden District is one of the strangest shaped, and most dichotomatic neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis. It didn’t make the cut back in 2007 when I was simplifying the neighborhoods I was creating tags for, and the part east of Kingshighway was lumped in with Shaw, and the part to the…

Moss Avenue Between Western Avenue and North MacArthur Highway, Peoria

Moss Avenue is a historic district that stretches along the bluffs near Bradley University northwest of downtown Peoria. I’ve broken up the street into two sections, first from Western Avenue to North MacArthur Highway/North University Avenue. There are a wide variety of styles, with everything from early Twentieth Century Colonial Revival to Shingle Style houses,…

Wabada Avenue Behind the Former DePaul Hospital

I photographed Wabada Avenue, which is the southern cross street off North Kingshighway behind the former DePaul Hospital. It is an example of a healthy block in the Kingsway West neighborhood. The block is very long, just like the ones to the north and south of it.