In the Footsteps of Lillian Handlan Lemp

Many readers are no doubt familiar with Lillian Handlan, who would marry William Lemp, Jr., the heir to the Lemp Brewery. Later, their acrimonious divorce would make headlines around the country. But she also lived in many places around St. Louis, and I’ve identified several places she called home. There may be more, but for…

Alexander Hamilton Elementary School

Alexander Hamilton Elementary School is tucked away in the neighborhoods north of Forest Park, only two blocks south of Delmar. It’s surrounded by a park and quiet residential streets, and to the northeast a major Metro depot. It was designed by Rockwell Milligan, of the famous firm of Ittner Milligan, and it looks like many…

Westminster Presbyterian Church

The massive Westminster Presbyterian Church, on the southwest corner of Union and Delmar boulevards, is easily one of the largest churches in St. Louis. Designed by Albert Groves in 1916 and completed in 1925, it is an expression of the large, wealthy mainline Protestant denominations’ tastes in architecture in the early Twentieth Century: the English…

Waterman Boulevard Between Lake Avenue and Kingshighway Boulevard

I realized I’ve never really ever taken any photographs over this way on Waterman Boulevard, and on a nice sunny day, the buildings really looked their best. It’s a mix of mansions, three-families flats–which are super common in Chicago but not so much in St. Louis–and other apartment buildings that look like six-families. It’s interesting…

Holy Corners Revisited, West Side of Kingshighway

I looked at Holy Corners way back in January of 2009, and I figured it was long overdue for an update. First up is the beautiful Tuscan Temple, which is an example of the Doric Order of classical architecture. But I have to chuckle, as it is Roman in form, as it only has columns…

Former Kennard Elementary School

Samuel M. Kennard Elementary School has been in the news recently, so I thought I would check it out, considering that it was designed by the firm of Ittner/Milligen. I realized that this must have been the school the woman we met in Walnut Park had mentioned being similar in style to Walbridge Elementary School…

Lindell Boulevard Water Main Break, Part II

There was another major water main break on Lindell Boulevard near, but not in the exact same spot as the one last summer at almost the exact same time of year. Hot temperatures do that to aging infrastructure. I went out yet again to get interesting insights into the construction of Lindell, and again I…

Lindell Boulevard Water Main Break

Update: There was a water main break nearby in July of 2020. I imagine everyone in the St. Louis region, and perhaps even some outside, heard about the breakage of the 30 inch cast iron water main under Lindell Boulevard, just east of Union Boulevard where Park Road cuts off for a short distance. I…

Kingsbury Place

Perhaps I’ll just let the photographs speak for themselves; Kingsbury Place is not the most famous of the private streets in St. Louis, but it certainly holds its ground in the finesse of its architecture. What is most interesting is that it shows how styles had already begun to change since the private streets to…