Interior, Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church

We finally were given the opportunity to see the inside of Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, one of the oldest and most historic parishes in St. Louis. Its appearance has changed over the years, first due to the tornado that altered its exterior form from the original design above, and then later in the…

North Up Blair Avenue, Spring 2021

Every year or so, I do a “North up Blair Avenue” post, and see the state of the neighborhoods slashed on their eastern side by Interstate 70. You can see the 2018 and 2019 posts from previous years. I did it again last Saturday, and things are looking good, but also some things are staying…

Randall Place, West Side, Revisited

The weather was nice and sunny and I was up visiting Piekutowski’s Sausages in Hyde Park, so I thought I would swing by Randall Place, an exceptional collection of houses near the Bissell Mansion. It seems like the first house in the post from September of 2017 has been demolished, as well as the one…

Bissell Water Tower, October 2020

I stopped by the Bissell Water Tower after looking at the Grand Water Tower. It’s on tap for rehabilitation next, according to people I’ve spoken with.

Grand Water Tower, Repainted

I went by and photography the Grand Water Tower (yes, I know it’s technically a standpipe) and checked out the new paint job. It looks great. Compare it to my photograph of the capital in particular from March of 2019 to see the difference.

Updates East of North Grand

The two beleaguered four-family flats owned by out-of-town slumlords on DeSoto Avenue in College Hill have been torn down, which considering their condition, I was not surprised. Their owners may have never even seen them in real life (yes, people from around the world buy property in St. Louis sight unseen). You can see them…

Old North, Hyde Park, College Hill, Late Summer

Following up on my “North up Blair” post, I took a different route to see how other buildings were faring in the late summer in the neighborhoods hugging Interstate 70. First up was Old North, where I confirmed from old photographs that a house on the south side of Palm just west of Blair had…

North Up Blair Avenue, Again

Update: I went back up this way again in late summer of 2019. Last fall, I did a post entitled “North Up Blair Avenue,” which looked at a cross section of the neighborhoods that were affected by the construction of Interstate 70, but that also show signs of rebounding. Beginning above, a house long admired…

Krey Packing, Revisited, Late April 2019

I went back to capture some more images of the Krey Meat Packing Plant, which dominated the skyline of Hyde Park for generations. It is still being used for automobile part recycling, so it is not abandoned. Its smokestacks have been dismantled to right above the roof level, but they would have once towered over…