Fireworks Stupidity and Perceptions, Old North

Update: Sadly, the house was not salvageable and has been demolished. The City of St. Louis Fire Department has an excellent and very well-updated Twitter account that I monitor on a regular basis to keep abreast of current events. On the night of the Fourth of July, the Fire Department always keeps a rigorous live…

Kerens Mausoleum, Calvary Cemetery, Revisited

I always enjoy it when readers bring my attention back to a building I’ve only cursorily looked at in the past, or that I’ve never heard about before. The Kerens Mausoleum in Calvary Cemetery is a great example; I took one photo of it back in August of 2013 but I realized, after reading a…

Fires and the Northside TIF, Old North St. Louis

The Northside TIF and Paul McKee’s damage to North St. Louis is not some abstract academic discussion about what role government should play in financing and aiding private developers. It impacts real people, when houses that are left to rot for over a decade are set on fire by an arsonist, and the flames and…

Thirteenth Anniversary of Saint Louis Patina

2507-9 Hebert Street are both owned by Paul McKee’s Northside Regeneration. The thirteenth anniversary technically happened yesterday, on the Sixteenth, but I wanted to finish up my series on Dubuque first. What’s one day nowadays, anyway, when days run into the next and weekends are meaningless? I was struggling to think of something to write…

Kinloch, Early February 2020

I realized I had not been up to Kinloch in a decade, and I decided to revisit, having heard that a new documentary is coming out soon chronicling the history of the famous town. Things sure have changed. The whole west half of the historic African American town has been turned into two huge distribution…

Coming Soon: Nothing! Corner of Jefferson and Hebert Edition

Update: As of late January, demolition is complete and the bricks stacked (third photo). I made a startling discovery at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Hebert Street in mid December of 2019, where I have been coming and documenting for over a decade. As part of the City’s effort to demolish vacant buildings, this…

A Billionaire in Wells-Goodfellow

Update: On April 7, 2020, Jack Dorsey donated one billion dollars to the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic and women and girls’ rights. 41 Then [Jesus] sat down opposite the offering box, and watched the crowd putting coins into it. Many rich people were throwing in large amounts. 42And a poor widow came and put…

A Tale of Two Intersections on Page Avenue

I remember seeing Clay’s Wellston Food Market and Restaurant at the corner of Page and Stephen Jones avenues when I was driving around photographing old factories for my St. Louis Magazine article back in May of this year. Compared to its surroundings, it looks like something I would expect to see out in my rural…

The Golden Eagle Tavern, Revisited

So this corner tavern has quite the history. The infamous Thomas Venezia, after serving time for the racket he was running over in Washington Park in the 1990s, ran a bar here back in the early 2000s, until he turned up dead, in the house next door. Read the two part story by Malcolm Gay…