Former Mount Saint Rose Sanitorium

Always question why there’s an old stone wall along a major roadway in St. Louis! I was doing some research on a gentleman whose death was recorded in the “Deaths Outside of St. Louis,” but yet he was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery the next day. He clearly did not die very far away from the…

Royale Orleans

Either you’ve experienced the St. Louis tradition of the Royale Orleans and its mostaccioli, or you haven’t. Perhaps you’ve even been there numerous times over the decades. One time after a wedding the caterer told us we could take the ice sculpture off the banquet table. That was a really dumb idea and we ended…

St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church, Lemay, Revisited

I’ve photographed St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church in Lemay one time before back in July of 2017, but I was passing by and decided to take another look. St. Andrew was one of the two oldest disciples, and was the brother of St. Peter. They were both fishermen. One of my favorite depictions of the…

School Sisters of Notre Dame, Revisited

I realized recently that my pictures of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Lemay were not very good, so I went back and captured their motherhouse on a bright, sunny fall morning recently.

Odds and Ends

When I’m out and about, I sometimes snap pictures of interesting buildings that later expand into larger posts, but other times, I can’t figure out what to do with them. These photos are “outtakes;” buildings that are worth publishing but didn’t grow into anything else. Above, this is an old warehouse complex on Texas Avenue…

St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church

Update: I went back and revisited the church in the fall of 2020. I like the crisscross of power lines, roof lines and pavement lines at this intersection of Military Road and South Broadway.

Mount Olive Cemetery, Lemay

Mount Olive Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the Archdiocese, and one of the most isolated, forgotten and mysterious. Located at the far end of Mount Olive Road before it turns right, the cemetery has an entrance identifying it as a Roman Catholic cemetery, but does not even give its name. But what…

Lemay Houses

All the way out in Lemay one hundred years ago, they were building houses that looked just like their counterparts in the city. I love the optimism of their belief that the city would soon be out that far.

St. Martin of Tours, Lemay

Dominating the intersection of Ripa Avenue and Telegraph Road, St. Martin of Tours represents a moment in St. Louis architecture where tradition was beginning to evolve into innovation. While the church’s massing and design is certainly modernist, the stonework almost seems to be harkening back to an earlier age. The bell tower is perhaps the…

Hancock Middle School Gymnasium, Revisited

I was out near Hancock Middle School, so I took some more pictures of the place. While the rest of the building seems to have been torn down and replaced by two new additions, the original, iconic domed gymnasium seems to have garnered enough pride that it was spared. Something I did not realize last…