Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois

Jerseyville, the county seat of Jersey County, is out in the country north of St. Louis, but I still lumped it in with the Metro East due to its proximity to the city. The courthouse, the third one on the site, was designed by Henry Elliott of Chicago. Erected in 1893, which the front fa├žade…

Central Park, Downtown Jacksonville, Illinois

Jacksonville was founded by groups of “Yankees,” from New England, many of whom were graduates of Yale University. I can’t help but think the influence of the large town commons and greens of cities such as New Haven played a part in the design of Central Park, the outsized town square of Jacksonville. The center…

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…

Bevo Bottling Plant, Morning Light

The Anheuser-Busch Brewery never ceases to be interesting to me, and on an early Saturday morning, I captured the Bevo Bottling Plant with the sun shining on it. The old shipping office can be seen off to the right, which I’ve also photographed before. I looked at the bottling plant way back in February of…

Manufacturers Bank and Trust Company of St. Louis, South Broadway

Originally known as the Manufacturers’ Bank and Trust Company, this financial institution changed its name to the American Bank of St. Louis, before being merged with Mercantile Bank, It’s a classic Beaux-Arts bank building, though it’s curious in its relatively low-slung design; most financial institutions normally tower over their other one-story neighbors.

The Crossroads of the World: Grand and Gravois

Inspired by a World Wide Magazine visit to the intersection of Grand and Gravois, I photographed the old South Side National Bank. It’s been turned into condos or apartments. It was going to be demolished for a Walgreen’s but cooler heads prevailed. It’s sort of St. Louis’s own shorter version of the Empire State Building….

Jefferson and Gravois, Revisited

I’ve looked at the intersection of South Jefferson and Gravois avenues in July of 2012, and I came back over the course of several months to photograph the crossing of two of the most important streets in the inner South Side. It’s come a long way from when it was a small exurban village surrounded…

Third Street, Louisiana, Missouri

Third Street is the main north-south corridor in Louisiana, Missouri, heading up to the bridge that crosses over the Mississippi River. The bridge was actually just replaced in the last year or so, and recently removed. Third Street rises dramatically up the hill towards the bridge (which has no western approaches since the bluff is…

From the Vault: Downtown Palmyra

Downtown Palmyra is typical of many small county seats: an abundance of Italianate storefronts of about two stories high that were built in clusters so they create a “street wall” along Main Street. What is fun to see is how buildings, built at the same time or within the same decade, have taken on lives…

Main Street Between 11th Street and 9th Streets, Dubuque, Iowa

I cut over from Locust Street towards Main Street; like many cities in America, living close to the central business district was once prestigious, before the noise and smoke of the automobile made it less desirable. The incredibly beautiful Second Empire townhouses left behind along Main Street and its side streets remind me of what…