Fayette and Upper Iowa University, Revisited

We returned to Fayette, which I looked at back in the fall of 2018. This time, the weather was sunny, and I was able to catch a more cheerful view of the town. I actually photographed this Queen Anne beauty below, which is now an AirBnB where my family stayed during our time in the…

Sachs Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden

After being closed the vast majority of my life, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s museum, one of the oldest buildings in St. Louis, finally opened up again as the Stephen and David Sachs Museum. Originally built by Henry Shaw, the Sachs Museum was built in 1859 according to plans by his favorite architect, George I. Barnett….

Henry Shaw’s Houses, Missouri Botanical Garden

Tower Grove House was the country home of Henry Shaw, which used to always boggle my mind when I was a child considering how deep in the city it is today. Also, many people do not realize it was built in stages, with the designs of at least the first part by the famed architect…

West Olive, Grand Center

They’re coming along on building the $300,000 houses on West Olive Street in Grand Center, and the lake I had photographed before is now gone. The new houses actually have some panache, and are turning out better than I expected. However, what was demolished could have easily been saved. I looked at this block way…

Third Street, Louisiana, Missouri

Third Street is the main north-south corridor in Louisiana, Missouri, heading up to the bridge that crosses over the Mississippi River. The bridge was actually just replaced in the last year or so, and recently removed. Third Street rises dramatically up the hill towards the bridge (which has no western approaches since the bluff is…

Highland, Illinois and the Schott Brewery

Highland, Illinois is an interesting town, located east of St. Louis in a part of the state that was settled early and Chicago was still a small town. It is around 10,000 people, and sits right on major rail lines and Interstate 70. Settled by Germans originally, there is still a strong influence in the…

Greenville, Illinois

Greenville, Illinois is an interesting small town located at the furthest reaches of my Metro East category. There’s a small college there, and some nice buildings. The house above is now a funeral home, while the Carnegie library below is one of the most unique I have ever seen. The reading room below the dome…

Redevelopment on Broadway

Update: Renovation of the LaSalle Building into a Hotel Indigo is now complete. A long-forgotten stretch of Broadway is finally seeing redevelopment. First up is the LaSalle Building, which I have photographed in the past, but that Built St. Louis has covered with much better images. Korte Construction has a great page explaining its renovation…

Baden in Winter #32, Halls Ferry Road

Halls Ferry Road is a major commercial artery in North County, but it has a residential feel along its path through Baden. It has many of the same problems as back on the side streets. The Baden Library is in a strangely renovated building, that looks like it was gutted and rebuilt completely within its…