Fayette, Iowa

Update: I revisited the town and university in July of 2022. “But, but, we have to have a parking lot or people won’t come downtown!” I’m sure someone said that when it came time to do something with the vacant lot that was left on the west side of the main street of Fayette, Iowa,…

Preston M. Green Hall, Washington University

I know Washington University gets a lot of grief for its decision to focus on building Gothic/Tudor/”Academic” Revival buildings on its campus for the last twenty years, but I like it. I think it’s important for a university to have an image, and the architecture established one hundred years ago is beautiful, and worthy of…

Parks College, Revisited

A reader graciously sent me some more images of Parks College, as well as one postcard of what the school looked like in better days. My original post about the college has elicited the most comments, up there with the former Deaconess Hospital and Cragwold. It clearly is still very dear to many people in…

Saint Louis University Medical School Building

Anyone know much about this building? I cannot seem to find any information on when it was built, and who the architect was. This addition on the upper floors to the north was very well done, and works well with the original structure. The two buildings below are now offices incorporated into the medical complex….

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

The University of Northern Iowa offers a fascinating ensemble of Early Twentieth Century academic buildings arranged around a quadrangle with a relatively unified architectural style and program that lasted until the 1960s when Modernist additions began to appear. Seerley Hall, above and below, is the administration building, the most highly adorned, and presents the original…

Truman State University, Revisited

Based off the campus of the University of Virginia, the grounds of Truman State University still look good after all of these years being gone. But what’s with the parking lots?

Old Monticello Women’s College

Founded by Benjamin Godfrey, a wealthy New England minister in 1838, Monticello Women’s College lasted until 1971, when it closed in a wave of all-female college closings. The current buildings were constructed in august Romanesque Revival style in 1890, until two years after the original buildings’ destruction in a great fire. A foundation now maintains…

Saint Louis University Law School

I tried to control myself and not comment on this building, but its recent renovation really is lipstick on a pig.  At least it’s occupied.  A bland, mediocre building with some Post-Modernist additions that do little to hide the fact it is an architecturally underwhelming building on one of the most important intersections of the…

Old Parks College, Cahokia, Illinois

Update: The property is now owned by the City of Cahokia, Illinois, not Saint Louis University. A reader provided additional photographs of Parks College in March of 2018. As of May 6, 2021, Cahokia was merged with Centreville and Caseyville to create the new city of Cahokia Heights. The future of the former Parks College…

Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University

I’ll admit it; I wasn’t a huge fan of the Pius XII Memorial Library on the campus of Saint Louis University.  But up close, I discovered there is a simple beauty to the straight lines that repeat throughout the facade. Influenced by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the first floor seems to dissolve, leaving the…