Lafayette Avenue Between Michigan and Louisiana Avenues, South Side

I looked at the north side of Lafayette Avenue way back in June of 2018, remarking on how this thoroughfare was surely far more important before the devastation of the interstates. There’s been substantial reinvestment and rebuilding just in the last thirteen years I’ve lived to the south in Tower Grove East, and the light…

Former Immaculate Conception Parish School

Immaculate Conception Parish School is a great example of adaptive reuse, where the original Roman Catholic church west down Lafayette Avenue is now long closed, so the need for its nearby education building was no longer needed. It has been converted into apartments. This is actually not designed by famed school architects William B. Ittner…

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…

Compton Heights Christian Church

Now the Summers Faith Temple Church, this was formerly the Compton Heights Christian Church, relocated to the south side of the entrance of Flora Place in the Shaw neighborhood. As is typical of many of the Protestant denomination churches that were built in the final years of the Nineteenth Century, it features a large dominating…

Former Compton Hill Congregational Church

Continuing our tour of cool Romanesque Revival churches in the Central Corridor, we next come to the Compton Hill Congregational Church, which is the original builder and owner of the building at the northeast corner of Compton and Lafayette avenues. It was established in 1894 and closed in 1955. It easily has one of the…

Jefferson Avenue at Interstate 44

Here we go again; more crumbling infrastructure has to be torn down and replaced; in Baby Boomers’ lifetimes we are now going on the third bridge in some parts of St. Louis, such as the Grand Viaduct. Interstate 44 has caused irreparable damage to South St. Louis; the Barr Branch of the St. Louis Public…

A Tale of Two Storefronts, The Gate District

Lafayette Avenue in the Gate District has improved an amazing amount in the last decade, even with the tragic loss of Hodgen Elementary. With that, Garavaglia’s still sits empty and rapidly deteriorating as can be seen since I first photographed it way back in 2008. It shouldn’t be, as other storefronts have been successfully converted…

Lafayette Avenue, Revisited in Between Compton and Jefferson Avenues

Update: See a comparison of two storefronts from the summer of 2019. I also looked at the south side of Lafayette Avenue in this area in the late summer of 2021. I find Lafayette Avenue in between Compton Avenue and Jefferson an interesting stretch of street; it was clearly once a very important stretch of…

Amazing Survivors, Compton Hill/Gate District

Lafayette Avenue, long replaced by I-44, is lined with some stunning houses on it, and its side streets. Above is a funeral parlor, probably built for that function. Above, this stately Second Empire mansion sits in the trees; I’ll come back when the leaves have fallen. And I love the Romanesque Revival style, which has…