New Target Coming to the Mill Creek Valley

I’m sure readers have heard about proposed Target going in on the east side of Grand Boulevard just north of Chouteau Avenue. This has long been an industrial area, and the site of quarries. As can be seen in the above photograph and in the fire insurance map below, it was the central-west portion of…

Union Station, Newly Opened

It’s hard to imagine Union Station as a new building, or to think of Market Street out front as a much narrower thoroughfare than it is today, but both were once true. The train shed was also full carriages, though of course the locomotives stayed outside, due to obvious reasons of not wanting to fill…

Under the Viaducts in the Mill Creek Valley, Part 3

There are still some buildings just south of Highway 40 that were designed when Market Street still passed by their northern facades, such as the one above. But when the highway was built after World War II, they suddenly found themselves in limbo. See this aerial shot from my look at the Council Plaza development….

Under the Viaducts in the Mill Creek Valley, Part 2

I looked at some of the industrial areas under the bridges and viaducts that cross over the Mill Creek Valley and its extensions west previously. Now we will look at some redevelopment around Grand Boulevard. Some of the buildings that have been sitting abandoned for decades, or just a few years, around Highway 40’s western…

Under the Viaducts in the Mill Creek Valley

Update: See the second post in this series hereand third post here. Historic photographs prove the valley between Chouteau and Forest Park Avenue was never some Lafayette Square-type neighborhood full of beautiful houses that deteriorated into a wasteland. No, it was always a gritty, industrial, traintrack-laced warren where coal dust and smoke scarred the landscape….

Castle Ballroom Demolition

Update: See the ballroom before it suffered structural collapse here. I wasn’t going to bother driving by the rapidly disappearing Castle Ballroom, but I ended up driving by on Saturday and thought I would take a look. It’s sad to see, particularly because there is nothing happening along this stretch of Olive. There’s nothing but…

Railyards, Union Station

There’s still a fair bit of the remnants of the distant outbuildings of Union Station, down towards the Mill Creek railyards. This maintenance building, now roofless, once sat right where the tracks headed into the station from the main lines. This gigantic crane sits where it was left; I’m glad they chose to preserve it…

Castle Ballroom in Bad Shape

Update: The building has now been completely demolishedas of the summer of 2014. The Castle Ballroom suffered a major collapse of one of its exterior walls during a recent storm, exposing the interior to the elements, which will eventually lead to a death sentence for this important piece of African-American history in St. Louis. It…

Mill Creek Modernist Office Buildings Preview

The demolition of the vibrant if rundown Mill Creek Valley in the name of urban renewal in the 1950’s is increasingly well-documented. But I realized that in its place rose some interesting Modernist office buildings, perhaps more fitting for a suburban context, but nonetheless an important relic of St. Louis’s past. I will revisit the…