State Street and Environs, Granite City, August 2019

A lot has been happening on State Street since the last time I posted any photographs of the downtown area of Granite City. Galen Gandolfi, who had opened the first art gallery on Cherokee Street, Fort Gondo, bought a series of buildings at tax auctions on State Street, and has opened up the Granite City…

Granite City, Revisited

I looked around the residential areas north of Niedringhaus Avenue in Granite City back in early April. The town’s heart is still the steel mill, which lies on the southeastern part of town, but the houses on this side of Niedringhaus are not the workers’ homes. They date from the early Twentieth Century, and are…

Granite City Modernist Slipcovers

I’m always intrigued at how downtowns adapted in the 1950s and 60s to the rise of Modernist strip malls and shopping centers in the suburbs. One of the most common tactics, done in downtown St. Louis, as well as downtowns around America, was the construction of “slipcovers” that modernized the fronts of historic buildings. Some…

Granite City Steel, From State Street

State Street, what appears to have been the second of two major commercial streets along with Niedringhaus Avenue, is basically 100% vacant.  There are some stores converted to apartments.  But what is truly interesting about walking down the street is seeing how the U.S. Steel mill peeks out from behind the buildings.  In an era…

Granite City Steel Building, Revisited

Update: See some of the older buildings in downtown nearby that were adapted to the Modernist era. Surrounded by abandoned buildings and parking lots, the Granite City Steel Building was cutting edge when it opened in 1958 to the designs of Sverdrup and Parcel, and is largely preserved in its original state, save for the…