Checking Up on McKee Land

Little has changed where Paul McKee owns vast swaths of real estate since I went by this area last year. There are still abandoned and fire-gutted buildings. The large apartment building on St. Louis Avenue is still sitting as a burned out shell. The effect of the NGA is also showing, as well, as there…

Laflin Street, JeffVanderLou, Early Fall 2021

Update: I went back in the winter of 2022. I checked in on Laflin Street, which once had far more houses, including two more to the north of the one above. You can see them in this post from September of 2017 (third photo down). A year later, it became a dumping ground for a…

Mullanphy Hospital

Recently I was looking for another hospital at the Missouri History Museum when I spotted the photo below, labeled the Mullanphy Hospital. I thought for certain it was mislabeled, and captured a pre-cupola image of the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center on Arsenal Street. I was wrong–it is in fact a hospital that once sat…

Beaumont High School, Revisited

I looked at Beaumont High School back in October of 2013 when I was looking at other Natural Bridge Avenue institutions. I took more photos this time in the early morning sun of the late summer.

Two Buildings Along North Grand Boulevard

The Speedwa School was a small business school that taught bookkeeping and accounting for both men and women, publishing its own books. Recently, the building has been the home of a couple of clubs on the first floor. Next door is a chop suey restaurant that has been in the neighborhood for years. The next…

Outtakes, Spring 2021

They’re cleaning up the ruins of the John Loler House relatively quickly, though I was a little worried to see workers standing on the wood floors now loaded up with the debris of bricks and limestone as they stacked pallets. I had some leftover photographs from when I visited Dunbar Elementary this winter. I’ve always…

St. Louis Avenue, JeffVanderLou, Late May, 2021

I never thought I’d see this day, but all the buildings that were vacant and/or hit by bricktheft have been demolished east of Glasgow Avenue. There were dozens of buildings in this stretch a decade ago, and they’re all gone now. The last ones were still here less than a year ago. We’ll see when…