Twin Silos

The question arose when we viewed the entrance gateway to this new development: was the name obtained a priori or a posteriori?

The Intersection of St. Louis and Marcus Avenues, July 2022

I decided to check in on the corner of Marcus and St. Louis Avenues, which I first looked at way back in August of 2009. You can actually see the building above in the last photo of that post, and the trim was painted white at the time, and the building on the left had…

I Know There’s A House in There

Earlier this year I drove down this block of Samuel Shepard Drive east of Compton Avenue and I spotted a house that I knew I had to photograph later. But when I came back last weekend, I couldn’t find it! “I know there’s a house in there,” I said to myself, and after looking more…

Wells-Goodfellow, Autumn 2021, Part One

I got up bright and early on Saturday and thought I would check in on Wells-Goodfellow, a neighborhood that has long suffered from disinvestment, crime and the effects of decades of redlining. I always struggle with how to portray a community such as this: there are many parts of the neighborhood which look great, but…

Laflin Street, JeffVanderLou, Early Fall 2021

Update: I went back in the winter of 2022. I checked in on Laflin Street, which once had far more houses, including two more to the north of the one above. You can see them in this post from September of 2017 (third photo down). A year later, it became a dumping ground for a…

North Newstead Avenue, Penrose

I’ve long been interested in the diagonal streets and rugged terrain of the northeastern corner of the Penrose neighborhood. At the intersection of North Newstead and Carter avenues is the old Christian Hospital, which is now the Prince Hall Senior Services Center. Like many hospitals, Christian moved out to the suburbs. Heading north up Newstead,…

Former Marthasville Seminary and Emmaus Homes, Winter 2016

Update: The Emmaus Homes moved out shortly after these photos were taken, but the property has been purchased and is being renovated into a hotel. See it the spring of 2021. As of the winter of 2022, it was being renovated into a hotel and winery. We went out to visit the old Emmaus Homes…

Wells-Goodfellow, Spring 2021

Update: I went back in the fall of 2021. I took a look around Wells-Goodfellow to see how things were doing. I had been back in 2018 to revisit places I had seen in the past, and things were looking much the same as when I had looked at the neighborhood in extensus in 2017….