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….

Bissell Mansion, Abandoned

Speaking of the Bissell Mansion Dinner Theater, while I was photographing the other side of the street, I couldn’t help but notice that the famous house, which is given the title of oldest brick home in the City of St. Louis, was looking worse for wear. There were huge swaths of leaves that had not…

Chesterfield Mall: Epilogue

Update: With little fanfare, both Macy’s and the mall reopened after all in mid-May 2020. I don’t think the Macy’s at Chesterfield Mall is going to reopen. Back after the Dillard’s was flooded due to a water main break, they announced it was going to reopen, but then I went by and there was no…

Chesterfield Mall, The Weekend After Its Sale

Not many families come around to play at the St. Luke’s Hospital Play Area anymore, Dr. Ted E. Bear informed me on a recent visit to Chesterfield Mall. Plays areas were never this cool when I was young. We chatted a bit, and I realized later my portrait of Dr. Bear actually ended up being…