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…

Chippewa Street, Then and Now

I know I swore sometime back in 2007 or 2008 that I would never let St. Louis Patina become one of those “St. Louis Then and Now” sites, instead focusing on the here and now, and how historic architecture influences the world today. That being said, sometimes it’s fun to do a comparison of old…

3811 Kosciusko Avenue, August 1960

I made a wonderful discovery in the Library of Congress’s collection of photographs from the Historic American Buildings Survey, when photographers, in this case Paul Piaget in August of 1960, documented the built environment around the United States. I photographed 3811 Kosciusko Avenue back in November and posted the picture above here. Despite the mythology…

Chippewa Street, Marine Villa

Chippewa Street is such a major artery in St. Louis Hills, that we often forget it continues on east of Jefferson Avenue into Marine Villa, where it is a quiet residential street. But it does not fail to surprise with beautiful houses, such as this Second Empire central-hall home above, which is also carefully fit…

Kosciusko Avenue Between Cahokia and Winnebago Streets, Marine Villa

Update: See the interior of the house in 1960 herein historic photos. It is not surprising that many of the Greek Revival houses, perhaps owned by employees of the nearby Marine Hospital, possessed balconies that looked out over the Mississippi River from the bluffs above the banks below. Later Second Empire houses also filled in…

Jefferson Avenue, Between Winnebago and Utah

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that I created a new Special Topics tag a month or so entitled “South Jefferson.” South of Interstate 44, the original Nineteenth Century streetscape is incredibly well-preserved, so for the next couple of days, I’m featuring both sides of the street to complement pre-existing documentation of this thoroughfare. First up…

South Broadway, North of Chippewa, Revisited

Just north of Chippewa on Broadway is an interesting mix of buildings, which I’ve always been drawn to due to the different styles of architecture. I’ve looked at these blocks north to Lemp before in posts here and here. Make sure to join me this Thursday, February 21st at 10:30 AM for my lecture on…

East Side of Jefferson Avenue, South of Potomac Street

I’ve long thought that South Jefferson, south of where I-44 cut a gash through the city, is a fascinating relic of what a major Nineteenth Century artery in St. Louis looked like. It do not believe Jefferson was ever widened in the Early Twentieth Century, so it preserves the look of the way it looked…

Marine Villa, Early February 2019

Marine Villa is an interesting neighborhood; there were houses out here very early because of the old Marine Hospital, but then much of the area was built up later. As such, it is still a mix of architectural styles. I come back to it again and again, and still try to get a feel for…

Old Engine Company No. 3, Marine Villa

Sitting on a little triangle of land along South Broadway and just north of the vacant lot that was once the Home Brewery, the beautiful fire station reminds me of the fachwerk architecture of Anheuser-Busch in the early Twentieth-Century.