DeMenil Place, Early October 2021

Things are changing on DeMenil Place! One of the medical marijuana cultivation licenses was awarded to a company that is renovating the old Cherokee Candy Company building, which sits on hallowed ground for me: the southeast quadrant of Block 52, which was bought from the City of St. Louis by Adam Lemp for $970. With…

Grain Elevator, Central West End, Revisited

I’ve looked at the landmark grain elevator in what is technically the Central West End but feels more like Midtown twice before over the years, here and here, but the light was so beautiful on an early Saturday morning I took another look at it.

Gingham Girl Flour Mill, Chouteau’s Landing

This anonymous cluster of buildings, one of which is obviously a grain elevator, has an incredibly important role in the history of America in the early Twentieth Century. Known variously as the George P. Plant Milling Company as well as the Gingham Girl Flour Mills, and apparently later the Corneli Seed Company by 1950, it…

Chouteau Avenue, Chouteau’s Landing, Spring 2021

Chouteau Avenue in Chouteau’s Landing is still lined with a complete street wall of buildings, and they are very well preserved. The hulking mass of the western approaches to the MacArthur Bridge, shorn of the road deck, are just to the north. This is a leftover picture from this winter nearby. Someone was burning junk…

The Former Lemp Ice Houses and the South Riverfront

I looked at the town of DePue, Illinois, several years ago in an article at St. Louis Magazine, and how the Lemp and Anheuser-Busch breweries brought ice down from the Illinois River to St. Louis. But there is also fairly good evidence of how the ice houses along the river on the South Riverfront looked…

Warehouse Fire

A terrible fire struck two warehouses just to the west of Produce Row on North Broadway. The two buildings are apparently a total loss. Debris from the northern building fell on the one story bookstore next door on the corner, which is now closed. This first northern building below was constructed around 1911. These blocks…

Odds and Ends

When I’m out and about, I sometimes snap pictures of interesting buildings that later expand into larger posts, but other times, I can’t figure out what to do with them. These photos are “outtakes;” buildings that are worth publishing but didn’t grow into anything else. Above, this is an old warehouse complex on Texas Avenue…

Updates on the Inner North Side

Update: The remaining houses on the north side of the street have been demolished. Two buildings on St. Louis Avenue in JeffVanderLou apparently had become something of celebrities due to some graffiti someone had painted on them years ago. I came by while they were in the process of being demolished; the one on the…

French Market Area, Revisited

I looked at the French Market area almost a decade ago in February of 2011 when there was a thick coat of ice on the ground in the area south of the elevated lanes of Highway 40 in the area that is known as Frenchtown. It was once a bustling area, anchored by the French…