Farmstead, Surrounded by Highways

We spotted this farmhouse, which had received some more decorative millwork but is still essentially a Greek Revival wood frame structure, sitting on a rapidly shrinking plot of land on St. Peters Parkway, just to the north of the Page Avenue Extension. What is interesting is that fair number of outbuildings are still standing. I’m…

Current Affairs This Summer

I went by the Theophile Papin House on the last Saturday of June. It’s being demolished. It’s sad, but honestly, it had been so heavily altered that it wouldn’t really have been feasible or worthwhile to restore it back to its original appearance. It would have been an ersatz structure. During demolition some interesting stone…

Bluff View Park

Opened on August 7, 2015, Bluff View Park off Old State Road is a wonderful new addition to St. Louis County Parks. There seems to be a previous history to the acreage, as there are the remnants of an old fence line with concrete posts that cuts through the property. And then, you come out…

Two Houses in Wildwood

There’s this genteel old house sitting out on St. Albans Road on Manchester Road, way out in Wildwood. It was built in 1913 by J.P. Connell, the president of the Glencoe Clay Company for $1,800. It was a nice house, with what looks to be stucco, and according to property records, is a wood frame…

The Old Estate, Huntleigh

I went to an estate sale in one of the largest remaining pieces of farmland left outside of the river bottoms or in the furthest reaches of St. Louis County. It sold recently, and its future is now uncertain. I hope its new owners preserve its beauty.

Old Cottonwood Tree, August 2018

Against all odds, the last of five cottonwood trees planted several generations ago is still alive. The debris from when it was hit by lightning has been cleaned up since 2016.

Family Farm, August 2018

Things are looking good around the family farm, even if it has been a dry summer. The barns are now surrounded by grass and corn.

Rock Alva, the Griesedieck Estate

I have become fascinated with the Griesedieck family, the “lost” brewing family of St. Louis. Everyone’s heard of the Busches and Lemps, but for much of the Twentieth Century, the three branches of the Griesedieck family fought competitively for dominance in the St. Louis and national beer market, Falstaff being the most famous (an heir…