Gas Station, Hyde Park

Judging from the pumps, this building has been vacant for a while now. Senior citizens interested in attending a two-part lecture June 22 and 29, 2017 from 10:00-12:00 on the work of famous architects who also left their mark on St. Louis architecture with Chris Naffziger at OASIS in Clayton can register at this link.

St. Louis Place, Mid May 2017

There still is plenty of St. Louis Place left, with rows of beautiful houses, dating back to the late Nineteenth Century. But it will require hard work, one house at a time; there is no magic “game changer” project that will save this neighborhood all at once. I am giving a free lecture on Daniel Martensz…

Returning to College Hill

There was a funeral procession assembling on West Florissant Avenue, so we cut over through College Hill. This continues to be one of the most devastated neighborhoods in the city. It is deeply sad to see how this area has continued to deteriorate. Beautiful houses, such as this one, sit empty. Will help arrive in…

Wells-Goodfellow #13, Hamilton and Wabada, Vicinity

The sun had risen up above the horizon, and the red brick so famous in St. Louis was glowing. This old gas station seems to have been converted into a house; there are garages in the backs of these apartment buildings, and surely this station was busy. The walls are collapsing on this apartment building,…

Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, East of Grand, Revisited

I went back and drove down MLK Dr, which was obviously at some point a major artery from the northwest side of the city. I realized that the front of this building, and the ones below, date from when the street was widened (note the Second Empire Mansard roof profile in the back), and the…

Amoco Sign

The Amoco Sign actually originally was another brand name, but the cool Modernist gas station below it still serves the busy corner of Skinker and Clayton. It’s one of two gas stations built in the middle of Clayton Road, the other being at Big Bend.

Cherokee Street, December 2013

From a family made of mufflers, to a herd(?) of frogs, there is plenty of home-grown creativity and humor among many of the longtime residents of Cherokee Street.

UGas’s Next Victim in Rock Hill?

Last year, during the controversial demolition of the historic Rock Hill Presbyterian Church, I predicted that the addition of yet another gas station in the small stretch of Manchester Road controlled by Rock Hill would prove fatal for the older, less competitive gas stations in the area.  A friend and longtime reader of this site…

Reactivating Vacant Lots

Update: The City of St. Louis cut ties with Paul McKee’s Northside in June of 2018. This Saturday I drove by the vacant and burned out gas station owned by Paul McKee in North St. Louis. I’m not going to identify where it is, but many of you probably recognize it. Just about every Saturday…

Near North Side, JeffVanderLou

I’m saddened when I head down Martin Luther King Drive, the former Franklin and Easton avenues, east of Grand.  It seems that it’s the most forgotten part of the city, despite beautiful views of and proximity to downtown. I think a lot of these buildings were refaced over the years, as the front facades don’t…