Near North Riverfront Streetscape Survivors

I found myself checking out those blocks cut off by the construction of the Mark Twain Expressway that is known as the Near North Riverfront. First up is the storefront left behind with the demolition of the apartment building on Branch Avenue. I’ve also looked at the area in 2012, which has become increasingly industrial…

Warehouse Fire

A terrible fire struck two warehouses just to the west of Produce Row on North Broadway. The two buildings are apparently a total loss. Debris from the northern building fell on the one story bookstore next door on the corner, which is now closed. This first northern building below was constructed around 1911. These blocks…

McKinley Bridge, Revisited

I really like the McKinley Bridge, and I realized I had never really photographed it very well. There are some nice historic photographs of it, as well. I-70 came crashing through in the 1950s and there was a fair amount of new infrastructure built to connect the bridge to the interstate. You can see Mallinckrodt…

American Brake Company

North Broadway never fails to continue to fascinate me. Who would think a bunch of old warehouses and factories would have so much history? They do, obviously. Take the old American Brake Company’s buildings, which sit at Tyler Street. The first building built by the revolutionary company, which designed brakes for freight trains, not for…

North St. Louis, Late Summer, 2019

I met new people all over North St. Louis this summer, including members of the congregation of the Original Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in the Ville neighborhood, on St. Louis Avenue. Better Family Life had organized dozens of churches to host barbecues all summer long, and the Church had been one of the participants. I…

North Broadway, Near and Far North Riverfront, Summer 2019

North Broadway never ceases to fascinate me. As usual, I refer to it as a street, and also an area. For example, the above and following two photos are on or around Holly Avenue. The image of east of Broadway, if you have one, is usually one of warehouses, factories, or sadly, abandonment. It is…

Cold Storage Warehouses, Near North Riverfront, October 2018

It’s been a couple of years since I came down here to take pictures of the old cold storage warehouses, and to see how they’ve been doing. It’s been almost two years since the fire, and the old cold storage warehouse has not been torn down. I guess it will stay, for the time being….

Coming Soon: Nothing! The Historic Apartments On Branch

Update: Replaced with a vacant lot, which will probably be here for a very, very long time. The only positive thing I can say about the demolition of the beautiful apartment buildingsĀ on Branch Street, cut off from viability in the 1950s by the interstate, is that I thought the small corner building on the end…

The Intersection of Madison and North Second Streets, Revisited

The intersection of 2nd and Madison Streets remains intact, for the time being, with a wealth of beautiful buildings, many of which have been built since the 1909 Sanborn Map below. The Engine Company No. 28 was already there, and has been restored nicely, looking much the same as when I photographed it over a…