Chouteau Avenue, Chouteau’s Landing, Spring 2021

Chouteau Avenue in Chouteau’s Landing is still lined with a complete street wall of buildings, and they are very well preserved. The hulking mass of the western approaches to the MacArthur Bridge, shorn of the road deck, are just to the north. This is a leftover picture from this winter nearby. Someone was burning junk…

Chouteau’s Landing, June 2020

Update: I went back to the area to photograph Crunden-Martin in October of 2021. I took a look around Chouteau’s Landing a couple of Saturdays ago, and I still marvel at the stunning buildings that fill the area. Particularly after looking at Dubuque’s revitalization of its former industrial core, I wonder why that rebirth can’t…

South Riverfront, Revisited Again Late August 2019

The railroad tracks that snake around the South Riverfront are still used, but they seem more quiet than they used to be over a century ago. I was down this way back in 2017. The views of downtown are vast from down south, and it’s hard to believe that this was once a large residential…

MacArthur Bridge, July 2018

The bridge has now been almost completely shorn of its infamous road deck, but there are still some traces of the steel trusses above the rail deck that allude to the former double function of this Mississippi River span.

MacArthur Bridge, Mid May 2017

I’ve always loved the massive steel girders of the MacArthur Bridge, snaking its way through Chouteau’s Landing. It even goes over the top of a warehouse at one point–that would never be allowed nowadays. I am giving a free lecture on Daniel Martensz Mytens the Elder’s Portrait of Charles I at the Saint Louis Art Museum this Thursday,…