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…

Kingsbury Place Gates, Revisited

I took a look at the massive gates of Kingsbury Place back in October of 2014, and I returned and photographed them in early June of 2019. They are spectacular, and probably one of my favorite gates of all the private places in St. Louis.

Skinker-DeBaliviere #26, 5900 Block of Pershing Avenue

Closer to Des Peres Avenue, which was once actually the River des Peres, the houses are smaller, and some are newer, reflecting the covering of the stream in the early Twentieth Century. Note the house above to the left; it was a Modernist bungalow that received a half-timber roof addition sometime in the not-to-distant past….

Skinker-DeBaliviere #25, 6000 Block of Pershing Avenue

More apartment buildings with generous porches for each unit continue the trend of the western end of Pershing Avenue, but there is more in-fill on lots probably left over from the covering of the River des Peres. A rare Georgian, or Colonial Revival apartment building, complete with rounded front porches, stood out to me. And…

Skinker-DeBaliviere #24, 6100 Block of Pershing Avenue

Down closer to Forest Park Parkway, there are more apartment buildings, but they still are elegant, and I noticed many Washington University students coming and going. There are still single family houses, as well, and some in-fill, for that matter. The streetscape below is a perfect example of how builders successfully create a sense of…

Skinker-DeBaliviere #23, 304-310 N. Skinker Boulevard

Constructed in 1909, this interesting apartment building is owned by Bobb LLC, also known as Washington University. It is a curious building, with two different brick colors, which do not make sense from a compositional standpoint; the curved bay windows along the alley look newer, or perhaps were they heavily repaired for some reason? I…

Skinker-DeBaliviere #22, 316-320 N. Skinker Boulevard

City records say this stunning apartment building was built in 1909, shortly after the World’s Fair was over and the city was moving out to the former festival grounds and new subdivisions on the edge of St. Louis. It was a solidly middle class building, with professional city employees, other upper middle class residents, but…

Skinker-DeBaliviere #21, The Tudor Revival Apartment Building

Then there’s this edifice, on Waterman Boulevard, that was designed as a cogent whole as a Tudor Revival apartment building with a massive open lawn in the middle, akin to Kensington Palace. The developer clearly did not try to maximize the amount of apartments he could fit on the lot, but chose to go for…