Suspicious Fires Week: The Old Bowling Ball Factory, Jennings

“Fire at an old bowling ball factory on Xograph Avenue in Jennings?” I knew when I heard about this strange occurrence, and how the St. Louis Fire Department had to join their colleagues in the County to help extinguish the flames on Thursday (which later reignited on Friday), I had to go check out this…

Jennings into Walnut Park

I spotted this interesting church off of Jennings Station Road just off of Interstate 70, so I thought I would take a look at the surrounding streets. At some point I crossed from Jennings into the Walnut Park West neighborhood, but it was hard to tell because the streets were equally beaten up and huge,…

Jennings, Early May 2019

I’m really worried about Jennings. I have visited a couple times over the years (yes, I understand that a couple of visits is not good enough to get a complete understanding of a community), and every time I go back, there are more and more abandoned houses. I can’t imagine losing the tax revenue of…

Former Corpus Christi Parish, Revisited Early May, 2019

It had been a few years since I had visited the old Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Jennings, and I thought I was due a return trip. It was not a happy return. The former sanctuary’s exterior was heavily overgrown, looked unkempt and I immediately became concerned that the seniors’ center that opened in…

Around Corpus Christi, Jennings, December 2016

Update: I went back and looked around other parts of Jennings in May of 2019. While its former parish church remains in good condition, I was saddened to see the old school is still sitting empty. There is a weird barbed wire fence around a portion of it, but not all the way around. I…

Former Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, Revisited

Update: The senior center is now closed, and the building appears to be abandoned. Due to the popularity of my first post on Corpus Christi, I thought I would take a look at how things were going around the old church. There is some very good news: the ongoing problem of shingles falling off the…

Old Bank, Fallen on Hard Times, River Roads Mall Site

Update: The bank building has now been demolished. I was shocked to discover the old bank building, the only survivor from the demolition of River Roads Mall, has in turn fallen vacant, and rapidly deteriorating.

Former Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, Jennings

Update: This was the second church that replaced an earlier structure, which probably was too small to handle increasing parish membership. The senior center is now closed, and the building appears to be abandoned. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, built as the wave of migration to the suburbs picked up in the 1950’s, is now…

River Roads Mall, Several Years After Its Demolition

Update: All buildings on the site have now been demolished and the site is cleared. I am continually fascinated by River Roads Mall, partly because of these bizarre pictures before its demolition, and because of these amazing, evocative photos as well. More pictures can be seen here. I have no idea why I had never…

Northland Shopping Center, Several Years Since Its Demolition

Update: The Target closed on August 20, 2016; there is a high vacancy in the rest of the shopping center. It’s hard to believe that this generic strip mall stands on the grounds of what was once an architecturally fascinating example of 1950’s commercialism. I had never heard of Northland Shopping Center when I was…