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…

McKinley Bridge, Revisited

I really like the McKinley Bridge, and I realized I had never really photographed it very well. There are some nice historic photographs of it, as well. I-70 came crashing through in the 1950s and there was a fair amount of new infrastructure built to connect the bridge to the interstate. You can see Mallinckrodt…

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…

St. Agatha’s Roman Catholic Church, Revisited

St. Agatha’s Roman Catholic Church is one of the more handsome religious buildings in the inner neighborhoods of St. Louis. As can be seen in this historic photograph below, it has changed little in appearance since the 1890s. Update: The configuration seen here was in fact very common in St. Louis, as the model was…

Waverly Place, Lafayette Square

Waverly Place, just off Lafayette Avenue, is one of the more interesting private streets in Lafayette Square, and in the city in general. It is also, after Vandeventer Place (which was annihilated), perhaps one of the most devastated by demolition, in this case by Interstate 44. Consequently, and perhaps a bit strangely, the southernmost portion…

Nicholson Place, Lafayette Square

I had always glanced down Nicholson Place while traveling down Lafayette Avenue, and had foolishly believed that the sadly truncated little street surely contained little history and few historic houses. After digging a little, I discovered I was dead wrong. I had learned several years ago that the south side of Lafayette Square facing the…

Lafayette Avenue Between Dolman and Eighteenth Streets

We’ll first take a look at these nice houses on Dolman above, which would fit in well in Soulard, but then we turn right onto Lafayette Avenue, which has changed dramatically in the time when it was first settled before the Civil War. I’ve looked at the block to the east before, with its distinctive…

Jefferson Avenue at Interstate 44

Here we go again; more crumbling infrastructure has to be torn down and replaced; in Baby Boomers’ lifetimes we are now going on the third bridge in some parts of St. Louis, such as the Grand Viaduct. Interstate 44 has caused irreparable damage to South St. Louis; the Barr Branch of the St. Louis Public…

The End of MO-755

Update: The on-ramp above has been permanently removed. The Ewing Avenue Bridge was demolished the last week of February 2021 for replacement. The final exit ramp from westbound Highway 40 to Market Street was closed by the winter of 2022. Readers will probably have two reactions to the discussion of the closure of the five…