Central Park, Downtown Jacksonville, Illinois

Jacksonville was founded by groups of “Yankees,” from New England, many of whom were graduates of Yale University. I can’t help but think the influence of the large town commons and greens of cities such as New Haven played a part in the design of Central Park, the outsized town square of Jacksonville. The center…

Engineers Club of St. Louis

Here we go again! Another Mid-Century Modern “Masterpiece” is threatened with demolition, or at least in this case a thorough gutting that leaves the shell of the building, and a huge apartment building will rise in the swath of blacktop behind it. This section of Lindell is a freaking dead zone, by the way, and…

The Grant Medical Clinic

The Grant Medical Clinic is an interesting building just south of the Optimist International Building, which I featured in a post back in August of last year (Whoa–it was that long ago? Time sure flies by). Washington University Physicians make use of the building, which revolutionized doctors’ offices with a more residential feeling with couches…

The Roebling Bridge, Between Cincinnati and Covington

One of the most important bridges in the history of architecture and engineering spans the Ohio River in between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. Opened in 1866, years before the revolutionary Eads Bridge in St. Louis, it served as the important prototypical step for the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Construction faced the same challenges:…

Former Clifton Heights Public School

I knew there was something up with this building, which is now the headquarters of the Service Employees International Union. It clearly had been a much older structure with a Modernist update in the central portal. Sitting on Clifton Avenue, which apparently used to be Old Manchester Road, this was Clifton Heights Elementary School, and…

Old Carter Carburetor Offices and Pythias Hall

I’ve looked at the old Carter Carburetor Plant on North Grand Boulevard before many times in the past, and it has been demolished and remediated for PCBs. But the office building for the company was located in the heart of Grand Center. Originally intended to be a skyscraper in 1925, only the first two stories…

Chouteau Trust and Banking Building

The old Chouteau Trust and Banking Building is one of those landmarks that maybe gets taken for granted, sitting right at the eastern gateway to the Grove neighborhood. But it is significant for being such a large office building in what is otherwise a low-rise neighborhood. It is perhaps obvious that it once had a…

Hubertus Schotten House

This exemplary example of the Romanesque Revival sits in the western end of Saint Louis University’s campus on the West Pine Boulevard pedestrian mall. Like its more famous neighbor to the east, the Samuel Cupples House, it features massive tower with hulking proportions. An ornate terracotta panel accents the second floor. Hubertus Schotten, whose picture…

The Optimist International Building

Update: On August 23, 2021, the Optimist building’s demolition received another denial from the Preservation Board. No word on what the Optimists will do with their building in the future. The Engineers Club, further down Lindell to the east, is now threatened with demolition for a similar conversion to an apartment building. As of this…

Downtown Wentzille

Downtown Wentzville, which straddles the railroad, has a wealth of interesting historic buildings, including these on the southeast corner of Main Street and Linn Avenue. The storefronts are full of restaurants and other businesses. The Trinity Executive Building is further west down Main Street on the south side facing the railroad tracks. There is a…