Bumper Plating, Cleaned Up

The northern end of Texas Avenue between Sidney and Victor streets on the west side has possessed a fascinating and strange history since the 1870s. Originally, the house above, a Greek Revival duplex, sat on an isthmus flanked by a lake to the south and a pond to the north in the southeast corner of…

St. Francis de Sales Parish School

I’ve often regarded Roman Catholic parishes as much more than simply a church, but rather campuses of multiple buildings, including but not limited to a rectory, convent, school and even other buildings. St. Francis De Sales originally had a building on the southeast corner of Sidney and Iowa that housed a musical corps. The parish…

Looking Out Over South St. Louis

I recently was up on top of the roof of a warehouse in the Fox Park neighborhood just to the west of the intersection of Gravois and South Jefferson avenues, and I snapped these quick photos. Above is to the northeast. Below is to the northwest. Below is to the west. Below is to the…

Odds and Ends

When I’m out and about, I sometimes snap pictures of interesting buildings that later expand into larger posts, but other times, I can’t figure out what to do with them. These photos are “outtakes;” buildings that are worth publishing but didn’t grow into anything else. Above, this is an old warehouse complex on Texas Avenue…

Jefferson and Gravois, Revisited

I’ve looked at the intersection of South Jefferson and Gravois avenues in July of 2012, and I came back over the course of several months to photograph the crossing of two of the most important streets in the inner South Side. It’s come a long way from when it was a small exurban village surrounded…

Details of the Spire, St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Oratory

You probably noticed over the last three to four months my photographs were becoming increasingly blurry, overexposed, underexposed and just all around incredibly lower quality (even more so than usual). This was because my old camera was coming to the end of its life. Thankfully, I received a new camera for Christmas, and with it…

Survivors Revisited Yet Again, Ohio Avenue, Fox Park

I hope my readers understand why these seemingly humble and insignificant houses on Ohio Street, just up the block from the stately St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, are such wonderful buildings, and deserving of being saved. I looked at them originally back in 2014, and then again in 2016. These are very old,…

Magnolia Avenue, From Tower Grove East into Fox Park

It’s one of the laziest statements to make, but Magnolia Avenue traveling eastbound from Tower Grove East into Fox Park really is a study in contrasts. Take the Italianate rowhouses above: they are old; probably dating to the 1870s, and suffering from a terrible muddling. They could be brought back to life by restoring their…

Updates on Demolitions, Fires and Other Collapses

There is much to report on this spring, starting with a collapse of an out building on Utah Street in Benton Park. It can still be salvaged, though. Below, as I suspected would happen, another of the houses sitting on the old quarry, whose porch had collapsed in the last six months, has been demolished…

The Magnificent Town Houses

This magnificent row of houses looks like many row buildings in St. Louis: like a cogent composition of a single palace or grand residence like you would see in the middle of a grand estate. But upon closer inspection, you realize there are multiple front doors. And my, what a beautiful set of houses this…