Roof Collapse at the Old Palladium

Update: The Palladium was demolished in July of 2022. 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…

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…

Washington and Compton Presbyterian Church

The Washington and Compton Presbyterian Church was an outgrowth of 2nd Presbyterian, first known as Walnut Street Presbyterian in 1864. This church was built in the late 1870s, and served was occupied until 1926, when it was renamed and moved to Skinker. I featured that church last month. It was renovated and occupied by Washington…

Old Carriage House, Bell Avenue, Grand Center

Bell Avenue, not West Belle Place, is really just a wide alley in between the old Vandeventer Place and Windsor Place. This carriage house is the only remnant of what had been a cluster of mansions and expensive homes in the area. Why it survived when so much was lost is a mystery to me….

Rusticated Stone

The former Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, built and dedicated between 141-161 AD provides an excellent example of how Western Civilization has responded to its ancient past. After falling into disrepair, it was converted into the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, strangely occupying the center cella of the old temple. But at one time,…