Odds and Ends from the Winter of 2022

Occasionally I build up some photos that don’t really go with anything else, and I present them to you here. Above is a nice house on Lemp Avenue across from the brewery that is now an AirBnB. For the longest time, it was a band practice space. Moving across the old St. Louis Commons to…

New Cathedral, Interior, January 2022

Whew, we’re back and I’m going to celebrate by showing you my photos I took with my new fisheye lens that I inherited from my friend Mike that I’ve known since 1986. He moved to the Big Island of Hawai’i, and the harbor is very shallow, so everything has to be shipped by freighter into…

The New Cathedral, Revisited

The New Cathedral is an interesting mix of architectural styles: there are certainly elements of hulking German or French Romanesque Revival on the exterior, but there are also Byzantine elements that remind me of the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople on the interior.

The Alley Behind the New Cathedral

I was alerted by friends and readers of this website of a fascinating lacuna from the history of the New Cathedral and its relationship to the Central West End.  Several decades ago, the Archdiocese bought approximately twenty feet of the backyards of all of its neighbors on Maryland Avenue, and reimbursed the owners for the…

The Cathedral Basilica

The New Cathedral really is a wonderful, unique building. What is interesting is that the capitals on the columns and other small sculptural details appear to have been left uncarved. As has been common for millennia, sculptors often left the fine carving until the stone was in situ to protect against damage in transport of…