Lindell Boulevard from Grand Boulevard to Vandeventer Avenue

Ah, Lindell Boulevard! I avoid the street like the plague because it is such a dysfunctional street. Once a residential street lined with mansions, sometime in the Twentieth Century it became the busiest street in the city. The mansions were demolished, and it became lined with businesses, while the through traffic jumped over to Highway…

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…

Former MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois

The picturesque church looks like you’re standing in the middle of a Colonial era commons, and Red Coats could march into the middle of the swath of greensward any moment. But in reality, you’re looking at the Annie Merner Chapel, at the former MacMurray college, which closed back in May of 2020. It had opened…

Former Campus of the Principia

I learned recently that the Principia was once located on Page Avenue in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood, so I went and checked out the couple of remaining buildings from that era of occupation. On the northwest corner of the site, at Minerva and Montclair, there is this impressive building, which might have been a gymnasium…

Former Marthasville Seminary and Emmaus Homes, Spring 2021

Update: The property has been purchased and is being renovated into a hotel as of the winter of 2022. Fast forward to the spring of 2021, and the Emmaus Homes are vacant, and due to a recent auction of the property are in the hands of a new owner. The bridge over the creek that…

Wild Acres Park, Former Holy Family Seminary

The former Holy Family Seminary in Overland is now Wild Acres Park, but the buildings are still well-preserved and the grounds well-maintained. They have sort of a 1940s proto-Modernist interpretation of the Spanish Revival, which I sort of like. Like St. Stanislaus Seminary in the Florissant area, the decline in enrollment in seminaries resulted in…

Former Harris Teachers College

Normal schools, where teachers were trained to teach in primary school education, were located throughout the State of Missouri. My own alma mater, Truman State, was long a teachers college. Harris Teachers College, built according to plans by William B. Ittner in 1905, was the location of the white teachers’ college in St. Louis. The…

St. Louis Community College, Meramec

Purchased in 1959 with plans to become a subdivision after the closing of the former St. Joseph College, the large open tract of land at Big Bend Road (formerly Quinette) and Couch Avenue became St. Louis Community College-Meramec Campus. St. Joseph College was operated for seventy years by the Redemptorist Order. The architecture is typical…

From the Vault: Augustana College

More of my photos dug up from September 2011 reveal the beautiful Old Main Hall at Augustana University, built in 1883 in what I would describe in an Italianate/proto-Beaux-Arts style. It is most certainly not Beaux-Arts in the purest sense as popularized by Cass Gilbert or McKim, Meade and White, but is not purely Italianate…