Missouri Avenue, Lafayette Square

I realized I had never photographed the western side of Lafayette Square, where there is a plethora of beautiful houses, such as what was the McLaughlin Funeral Home. Its third floor once had a Mansard roof, as was typical of the Second Empire style, but it was destroyed by the Great Cyclone of 1896, and…

West High Street, Peoria, Revisited

More precisely, this should be West High Street revisited, and in the first several pictures, an introduction to Moss Avenue, which continues further west along the bluff line above downtown Peoria. The houses along Moss Avenue are from the Twentieth Century, and are in good shape, showing evidence of being renovated like their earlier counterparts…

Return to Belleville this Week

The Hofbrauhaus is finally open on the western reaches of Belleville! All this next week and a little of the following I will return to the historic county seat of St. Clair County.

Skinker-DeBaliviere #19, 6100 Block of Waterman Boulevard

My old joke is that St. Louis architects and builders liked to design apartment buildings that looked like houses, so people could go in and out with revealing that they were renters. The houses above and below were built as apartment buildings, but my, they are beautiful! The rest of Waterman Boulevard has houses and…

Baden in Winter #36, The German Building

This house looks like something out of Germany in the Sixteenth Century. It seems like it is just a really nice duplex, with two front doors. Its decorative ogee and scrollwork with finials shows its influence.

Central High School, Revisited

Update: Compare to Cleveland, Roosevelt and McKinley high schools. See the interior from September of 2016 and the exterior of September of 2017. The school had deteriorated further when I checked up on it in August of 2022. Well, not much has changed for the positive in the three years since I last photographed Central High…

Soldan High School

Yet another masterpiece of Ittner and Milligan is the magnificent Tudor Revival Soldan High School on Union, further up from the other institutions on the street north of Demar. The architecture is the typical, eclectic style of the famous architecture firm, with an emphasis on compound windows and elegant sculpture work. The copper cupolas are…

Central High School

Update: I changed the name of the high school to Central, from its earlier Yeatman out of recognition that the building was primarily known for most of its history by that name. Compare to Cleveland, Roosevelt and McKinley high schools. See the exterior from August of 2016, the interior from September of 2016, and the…

Saints Mary and Joseph School, Under Demolition

Update: I went back and looked at the church next door in December of 2020. I’ll be honest, when I first read that Saints Mary and Joseph School in Carondelet was being demolished, I really didn’t get too upset.  The building looked sort of boring, and that buff brick accented with off-white terracotta didn’t really…

Meridian Hill Park, Washington, DC

Meridian Hill Park, isolated from the hustle and bustle of 16th St NW, is a gem waiting behind the concrete walls along the Street. Read about the park here. The upper portion is a French garden. Yes, that’s Joan of Arc, surmounting the dramatic overlook out over the city. The park was one of the…