Allen Avenue Between McNair and Mississippi Avenues

Allen Avenue is off the beaten path, but it shows the wealth of architectural variety in McKinley Heights; much of the neighborhood was built much later than the surrounding neighborhoods due to the presence of industrial yards. As usual, most of the houses are actually two-family flats, disguised as single families. I have no idea…

Franz Sigel Elementary School

Franz Sigel Elementary is one of William Ittner’s designs from 1906, and could be best described as an Italian Romanesque Revival influenced building, though that seems lacking in many ways. It’s still an interesting school, and is unique among the firm’s designs for the public school system. Compare this design to that of Farragut School…

McKinley High School, Revisited

I’ve looked at McKinley High School before, which has now become one of the highest achieving high schools in the state of Missouri. It’s still an impressive building, and one worth revisiting.

St. Marcus United Church of Christ

I could have sworn I’ve photographed St. Marcus United Church of Christ before, which originally was an German Evangelisch denomination originally before it combined with the Reformed Church and others in the 1950s to become the United Church of Christ. This building was completed in 1915. This church is perhaps best known for being the…

Jefferson and Gravois, Revisited

I’ve looked at the intersection of South Jefferson and Gravois avenues in July of 2012, and I came back over the course of several months to photograph the crossing of two of the most important streets in the inner South Side. It’s come a long way from when it was a small exurban village surrounded…

McKinley Heights Updates

There was a recent Riverfront Times story about this house in McKinley Heights, located in the southern portion of the neighborhood. It’s a very interesting house, and I’ve tried to figure out what the heck its original configuration was. there was clearly an addition window or doorway in the middle, and then it was altered….

Waverly Place, Lafayette Square

Waverly Place, just off Lafayette Avenue, is one of the more interesting private streets in Lafayette Square, and in the city in general. It is also, after Vandeventer Place (which was annihilated), perhaps one of the most devastated by demolition, in this case by Interstate 44. Consequently, and perhaps a bit strangely, the southernmost portion…

Charless Street at Gravois Avenue, McKinley Heights

Update: I revisited the area again in November of 2020 in two posts here and here. I was back in the southern tip of McKinley Heights, which I first looked at in June of 2014. I’m endlessly intrigued with what was a little hamlet of small houses, some frame, some brick, and some “in between.”…

Missouri Avenue Between Ann and Shenandoah Avenues, McKinley Heights

I went and photographed the 2200 block of Missouri Avenue, walking north looking at the west side of the street until I reached Ann Avenue, and then turning around and photographing the east side. As the Sanborn Map from August of 1909 shows, very little loss has happened on the block since then. There is…

St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church

Dating from 1909, St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church was completed in 1929. There seems to have been some work on the dome in the years since I first photographed the building through an alley across Gravois. The church, like many in St. Louis, draws people from around the region.