The Château of Chenonceaux

Sitting aside and crossing the Le Cher River, the Château of Chenonceaux is easily one of the greatest achievements of humans carefully adapting the built environment with the natural environment. Instead of trampling on the natural world, the renovation of what had been an old Medieval fortress was transformed into a residence that worked with…

Downtown from the McKinley Bridge

The views of downtown from the McKinley Bridge are also impressive. The vacant Southwestern Bell building can be seen below, with the boarded up windows that were shot out by stray bullets earlier this year clearly visible. The Eagleton Federal Courthouse is to the west. Then there is the iconic Civil Courts building. The Stan…

Merchants Bridge, Under Reconstruction, Part Two

I figured it was about time to get back out to the McKinley Bridge to survey the progress of reconstruction of the Merchants Bridge. Back in October of 2021, only the furthest east of the three trusses had been replaced, so I figured they were probably fairly far along on the second, middle one. As…

Road Deck Removal, MacArthur Bridge

I received a tip from a friend that further, and perhaps final pieces of the MacArthur Bridge’s infamous road deck were being removed from the western Chouteau’s Landing portion of the span. I’m sure there are many readers out there who can tell me much more than I can about the dangers of the old…

Japanese Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden

I think one of my favorite places in St. Louis is Seiwa-En, the Japanese Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It dates from 1977, so it is now over four decades old. It is interesting to see that our current garden was not the first in St. Louis; there was also one at the Japanese…

Richard Pryor and Peoria

I had known for awhile that Richard Pryor was from Peoria, but I had always assumed it was one of those situations where he was born there and had moved away when he was a small child. That is far…

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

Update: See the replacement of the middle span from August of 2022. 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…