Demolition Coming, The Grove, Part Two

The old Emmaus church at Tower Grove and Chouteau avenues will be demolished for the new Ronald McDonald House and headquarters. The old warehouse to the east has already been demolished. The apartment buildings to the east down the block are in great condition, and are not part of the building site. The whole block…

Northside Regeneration and the Future of North St. Louis

Update: There’s some great news to report on these two houses. For once this is not land speculation but rather the Sisters at Alpha Kappa Alpha rebuilding a founder’s home as part of what will be a museum and community center. Heading east on St. Louis Avenue just east of Garrison, I spotted a strange…

The Forgotten Bircher Boulevard

I thought I would look into greater depth regarding the former Bircher Boulevard, which while still preserved as a highway exit off Interstate 70, has largely been destroyed. I looked at the houses on the south side of the former boulevard back in April of 2019, and I can only imagine what happened to the…

Richard Pryor and Peoria

I had known for awhile that Richard Pryor was from Peoria, but I had always assumed it was one of those situations where he was born there and had moved away when he was a small child. That is far…

Northeast Side of Crunden-Martin, October 2021

I photographed the east side of Crunden-Martin back in the summer of 2020, and not much had changed. The hulking buildings are still vacant, and are built of a sort of pale red brick. A portion of the terracotta cornice, which may have been white or cream-colored when it was originally installed but has turned…

Lafayette Avenue Between Michigan and Louisiana Avenues, South Side

I looked at the north side of Lafayette Avenue way back in June of 2018, remarking on how this thoroughfare was surely far more important before the devastation of the interstates. There’s been substantial reinvestment and rebuilding just in the last thirteen years I’ve lived to the south in Tower Grove East, and the light…

Eighteenth Street Between Sidney and Barton Streets, East Side

Continuing my practice of going up and down blocks in the City of St. Louis with interesting architecture, I’m going to look at some notable and very intact streets on the south side of Soulard. The first one I’ll be looking at is in Eighteenth Street from Sidney to Barton Street, passing over Victor. We’ll…

Demolition of Ewing Avenue Bridge

Highway 40 (Interstate 64) was closed last weekend due to the demolition of the Ewing Avenue overpass. I went out to take a look. It’s amazing how large machines can chisel away and destroy concrete in a matter of hours what originally took years to plan and months to build. It will be replaced. What…

Simpson Place

Back in July, when I looked at Lafayette Avenue in between Waverly and Simpson places in the Lafayette Square neighborhood, I promised I would come back in the fall and look at the latter historic private street once the leaves had fallen off the trees. As mentioned before, the land for Simpson Place was originally…