Independence Mental Health Institute, Revisited

I thought the photos of the impressive Second Empire expanse of the Independence State Hospital were too cloudy, so we went back on a bright sunny day to get better photos. See the original post from July of 2021 for more original historical photos and plans on this Kirkbride plan institution.

Former Lutheran Hospital, Boarded Up

In contrast to Barnes-Jewish-Children’s Hospital, which is constantly demolishing, rebuilding and expanding, when we head to the South Side, we discover that the old Lutheran Hospital, whose original post is one of my most popular, is seeing a different future. I was surprised to see that the first floor windows and doors of the entire…

Queeny Tower Demolition Complete

The old Queeny Tower has been annihilated, and the site is cleared without even a water-filled hole left behind. The site is now being prepared for future construction. Some interesting remainders have been left; for example, up above the cantilevered remnant of the skybridge which connected the Queeny Tower to the main building of Barnes…

North Newstead Avenue, Penrose

I’ve long been interested in the diagonal streets and rugged terrain of the northeastern corner of the Penrose neighborhood. At the intersection of North Newstead and Carter avenues is the old Christian Hospital, which is now the Prince Hall Senior Services Center. Like many hospitals, Christian moved out to the suburbs. Heading north up Newstead,…

Mullanphy Hospital

Recently I was looking for another hospital at the Missouri History Museum when I spotted the photo below, labeled the Mullanphy Hospital. I thought for certain it was mislabeled, and captured a pre-cupola image of the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center on Arsenal Street. I was wrong–it is in fact a hospital that once sat…

Louisville Marine Hospital

Over the Labor Day Weekend, I took a vacation around the eastern Midwest/northern South to visit various metropolitan areas that due to various circumstances, I had neglected to investigate. Due to their similarities and proximity to St. Louis, I felt it was important to see what sort of comparisons and differences these cities might have…

Demolition Progressing, Queeny Tower, Mid August, 2021

Update: Demolition was completed by October of 2021. Like many things in life, it takes more time to get going, but then once you get started, it starts going fast. Such is the case with the demolition of the Queeny Tower, which is now coming down quickly. They were working well into the evening last…

Independence State Hospital, Iowa

Update: I revisited the hospital on a sunny morning in July of 2022. I first visited Independence, Iowa, which is the county seat of Buchanan County in the northeastern portion of the state, in 2011 and photographed the streetscape improvements in the downtown area (though I didn’t post the photos until 2018). As it turns…

More Demolition, Queeny Tower

Update: See the progress of demolition in mid-August of 2021 and was complete by October. The demolition of the Queeny Tower is proceeding, and when I stopped by on the last Saturday of June, the Caterpillars were working away moving debris around. Part of the top of the tower is clearly gone, and they are working…

Former DePaul Hospital

I guess I never posted my pictures of the former DePaul Hospital from over a decade ago, so I went back early on Saturday to photograph the massive structure designed by the firm of O’Meara and Hills, opening in 1930. It was commissioned by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, who also…