St. Louis Place from North Florissant Avenue

Looking across North Florissant Avenue into the St. Louis Place neighborhood, we see the apse of the old St. Liborius, which we probably shouldn’t be able to do if it weren’t for the demolition of so many of the buildings between here and there. Below, we can see again how the street grid of Old…

Interior, Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church

We finally were given the opportunity to see the inside of Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, one of the oldest and most historic parishes in St. Louis. Its appearance has changed over the years, first due to the tornado that altered its exterior form from the original design above, and then later in the…

Metamora, Revisited

I found myself near Metamora, which I had visited back in 2011, so I went into town and looked around again. I stumbled across St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, built in a German Hallkirche style, where the buttresses are engaged to the curtain wall. There are several blind windows, as well. The rectory is attached…

EPiC Church, Former Troy Presbyterian Church

I will openly admit to being severely ignorant and unknowledgeable of Troy and Lincoln County history, but we did stumble across this beautiful building, which is now home to the EPiC Church. However, carefully reading a limestone dedication stone above the front door, we learn that this was the former home of the Troy Presbyterian…

Emmaus Homes, New Lease on Life

Bonjour mesdames et messieurs! Bienvenue au Château Hoffman! OK, jokes aside, anyone in the preservation community–or anyone in the wider community in general–who has a problem with the Hoffman Companies buying up real estate in western St. Charles and eastern Warren counties has to tell me what their plan was for redeveloping the old Emmaus…

Former Emmaus German Evangelisch Church

I’m afraid this little church’s days may be numbered at the northeast corner of Tower Grove and Chouteau avenues, as there will be a new development going on this block that will encompass this property. The former Emmaus German Evangelisch Church was founded in 1896, and this building apparently opened the next year. It closed…

Ohio Avenue Between Winnebago and Miami Streets, Gravois Park

Editor’s Note: Due to the malfunctioning of St. Louis Patina in mid-January 2022, the original text of this post was lost. In the future, the commentary will be rewritten, but in the meantime, the post’s photos that survived the website crash will be presented as is.

Early Houses in Northern Carondelet

I’ve looked at the super rare Carpenter Gothic house before, but there are also other extremely unique and very old houses located in the northern reaches of Carondelet that date back to the earliest days of the then-independent city and may even predate the Civil War. The first tow houses are located right on Michigan…

Germantown, Montgomery County, Ohio

I drove into Germantown, Ohio from the east, and was greeted by a row of beautifully restored houses from the Nineteenth through early Twentieth Centuries Orangish-red brick was used to build Italianate style houses along the main road into town. Many houses have been restored, and its proximity to major Ohio cities (it’s actually in…