The Kaletta Statuary Company

Editor’s Note: Due to the malfunctioning of St. Louis Patina in mid-January 2022, the original text of this post was lost. In the future, the commentary will be rewritten, but in the meantime, the post’s photos that survived the website crash will be presented as is.

Suspicious Fires Week: The Old Bowling Ball Factory, Jennings

“Fire at an old bowling ball factory on Xograph Avenue in Jennings?” I knew when I heard about this strange occurrence, and how the St. Louis Fire Department had to join their colleagues in the County to help extinguish the flames on Thursday (which later reignited on Friday), I had to go check out this…

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…

Packers By-Products, National City

More land clearance is happening over by the old National Stockyards, where Armour, Swift and Hunter once slaughtered livestock by the millions for over a century. They’re all demolished now, but one business and its buildings is still standing, at least for now. That was the Packers’ By-Products building, with its infamous doors labeled “Blood”…

Liggett-Meyers Tobacco Company, North Side

The Liggett and Meyers Tobacco Factory stretches between Folsom and Park Avenues, and the north side of the building is perhaps not as often photographed. There are large rounded arch windows of what was originally the power plant, with ten boilers that were served by the massive octagonal smokestack. It’s one of the most popular…

Southwest Avenue Between Reber Place and Botanical Avenue

Heading northeast up Southwest Avenue, we get closer to the heart of the Hill, and see more interesting renovations to houses. More Formstone, which was popular in the mid-Twentieth Century, was added to the front of these houses. Also, the fenestration was altered as well. Below, there is this super rare Italianate wood frame house,…

Outlet of the River des Peres, Revisited

I’m endlessly fascinated by one of the largest public works projects in St. Louis history, which is the “harnessing,” for lack of a better word, of the River des Peres. While today, we would consider it to be a horrible ecological disaster, I think it is important to realize at the time and place in…

New Development in McRee Town

I clearly had not been paying attention to what has been happening in McRee Town, which has been experiencing a huge amount of development over the last twenty years. For example, the old synagogue above, which was only active for a short amount of time as the Southside Hebrew Congregation from 1928 to 1944, is…

Railroad Machine Shops, Oelwein, Iowa, Revisited

We went back to try and get a better view of what I discovered were old railroad machine shops in Oelwein, which I had viewed back in the fall of 2018 (seventh photo down). Unfortunately, due to the height of the undergrowth, the buildings were largely obscured. But they are massive, and dominate the center…

East Peoria

I could probably convince a lot of people that the photo above was taken “at the bottom of the hill” in St. Clair County, where the bluffs come down to the floodplains that stretch to the Mississippi. But this is actually East Peoria, where the bluffs and floodplains are on the east side of the…