Old Carter Carburetor Offices and Pythias Hall

I’ve looked at the old Carter Carburetor Plant on North Grand Boulevard before many times in the past, and it has been demolished and remediated for PCBs. But the office building for the company was located in the heart of Grand Center. Originally intended to be a skyscraper in 1925, only the first two stories…

Stephen Allen Bemis House

Update: The St. Louis Symphony announced the house would be demolished for a planned expansion of Powell Hall in the spring of 2022. This amazing survivor in Grand Center, just behind Powell Hall, used to be the home of Portfolio Gallery, but I don’t know what it is being used for now. As you can…

West Olive, Grand Center

They’re coming along on building the $300,000 houses on West Olive Street in Grand Center, and the lake I had photographed before is now gone. The new houses actually have some panache, and are turning out better than I expected. However, what was demolished could have easily been saved. I looked at this block way…

Current Affairs This Summer

I went by the Theophile Papin House on the last Saturday of June. It’s being demolished. It’s sad, but honestly, it had been so heavily altered that it wouldn’t really have been feasible or worthwhile to restore it back to its original appearance. It would have been an ersatz structure. During demolition some interesting stone…

Roof Collapse at the Old Palladium

I learned on Twitter that the historic Palladium, which I wrote about years ago due to its link to African American musical history in America, has suffered a roof collapse, most likely due to the heavy rains in mid January. I observed through a hole, where board had fallen off, that sky could be seen….

Lake Grand Center

Update: I checked on the state of construction in the spring of 2021. They’re building some houses here designed by a bunch of famous architects, but for the time being, it is a giant muddy mess with a lake down at one end. I still think the house they demolished years ago should have and…

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…

Checking in on Midtown

I love finding these old houses in Midtown built right after the Civil War, such as the one above, right in the Gothic Revival shadow of St. Alphonsus Ligori, still an active parish church. It also seems like the Stockton House is back under renovation, after lying largely dormant for many years; it is a…