Euclid School

Another one of the pre-Ittner/Milligan schools, Euclid School takes its name from the simple reason that it sits on Euclid Avenue in Fountain Park north of the Central West End. The roof line has almost certainly been altered due to being battered by the elements. As was typical in the late Nineteenth Century, it was…

Former Fountain Park Congregational Church

Today owned by the Centennial Christian Church, this magnificent edifice was originally built as the Fountain Park Congregational Church, designed by Grable, Weber and Groves in 1895. Like many other Congregational churches, it has strong Romanesque Revival roots, but perhaps most strikingly its difference is its lofty tower, which reminds me of an Italian campanile.

Delmar Boulevard, First Half of 2019

I find it interesting that Delmar Boulevard is used as the great demarcation line for the discussion of race relations in St. Louis. For the most part, east of Kingshighway, it is a completely unremarkable stretch of street, with abandonment and empty lots on both sides of the street. Blight continues south of Delmar for…

Fountain Park Turret Building in Limbo

I checked up on this architectural treasure, the type of building that is no longer built, last summer, and this spring it is evident that it continues to deteriorate. I hope somehow it can be saved before it collapses, which is a fate that is not far off.

Fountain Park, Early July 2018

Fountain Park is such a beautiful little neighborhood, directly north of the Central West End, but possessing the exact same housing stock of its more wealthy neighborhood to the south. Update: The building below continues to deteriorate as of April 2018. There are well preserved buildings, and then there are complete disasters such as this…

Euclid Avenue, Fountain Park

Update: See the houses above in the spring of 2019. The “Central West End” is an artificial construct! It was all one giant neighborhood, known as the West End (which still exists as a smaller neighborhood to the west), before redlining separated out the part north of Delmar and condemned it by redlining. Lewis Place…

Old St. Ann Mother of God Roman Catholic Church

Interesting, my gut told me this was a Presbyterian church originally, but it was in fact Roman Catholic. It sits at the corner of Page and Whittier. It opened in 1897 and closed in 1992. It once possessed a pyramid hip roof on the tower. I believe the name of St. Ann has moved to…

North Side of Delmar

There’s been a lot of talk of “North of Delmar” recently, so I thought it would be interesting for me to drive down Delmar, starting in the Central West End in the west and ending at Vandeventer Avenue in the east and photograph the actual north side of Delmar. What I saw may surprise you;…