Northeast Side of Crunden-Martin, October 2021

I photographed the east side of Crunden-Martin back in the summer of 2020, and not much had changed. The hulking buildings are still vacant, and are built of a sort of pale red brick. A portion of the terracotta cornice, which may have been white or cream-colored when it was originally installed but has turned…

Twenty Years Since 9/11, Revisiting Washington, DC, Part Three

Finally, on Saturday night, my friend went off to a wedding and I went to Adams Morgan to meet up with some old friends. I took the Metro to the Woodley Park station, which has one of the longest escalators in the world, so I could then walk across the Taft Bridge, which is one…

Merchants Bridge, Under Reconstruction

The venerable Merchants Bridge, which was built in 1890 and is the second oldest crossing at St. Louis, is being replaced by a new span which is using portions of the original. The original granite bridge piers, which are four in number, are being encased in concrete to repair scouring that occurred from 131 years…

The Roebling Bridge, Between Cincinnati and Covington

One of the most important bridges in the history of architecture and engineering spans the Ohio River in between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. Opened in 1866, years before the revolutionary Eads Bridge in St. Louis, it served as the important prototypical step for the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Construction faced the same challenges:…

Chouteau Avenue, Chouteau’s Landing, Spring 2021

Chouteau Avenue in Chouteau’s Landing is still lined with a complete street wall of buildings, and they are very well preserved. The hulking mass of the western approaches to the MacArthur Bridge, shorn of the road deck, are just to the north. This is a leftover picture from this winter nearby. Someone was burning junk…

Demolition of Ewing Avenue Bridge

Highway 40 (Interstate 64) was closed last weekend due to the demolition of the Ewing Avenue overpass. I went out to take a look. It’s amazing how large machines can chisel away and destroy concrete in a matter of hours what originally took years to plan and months to build. It will be replaced. What…

Route 19 Bridge Over Round Spring, Shannon County

Built in 1930 by C. F. Johnson & Son, this span is also known as the Spring Valley Bridge, according to Bridgehunter.com. It is interesting to think that even though it was built in the Twentieth Century, it is approaching the one hundred year mark.

McKinley Bridge, Revisited

I really like the McKinley Bridge, and I realized I had never really photographed it very well. There are some nice historic photographs of it, as well. I-70 came crashing through in the 1950s and there was a fair amount of new infrastructure built to connect the bridge to the interstate. You can see Mallinckrodt…

Gravois Avenue Viaduct

The Gravois Avenue underpass, started in 1940, is much deeper than its neighbor, the Chippewa Avenue underpass. Much like its neighbor, it was built to go under the Missouri Pacific railroad tracks, and was originally budgeted to cost around $600,000. It ended up costing $850,000. And similarly, the right-of-way and its bridge are now much…