Paddock Hills, Florissant

The first post-World War II subdivision we’re going to look at in Florissant is Paddock Hills, located behind the Church of the Master off Parker Road. The prolific Mayer-Raisher Mayer developed subdivisions around the metropolitan region, but often specialized in ranch houses, as seen in these photographs. Interestingly, there is what appears to be linoleum…

Two Modernist Churches in Florissant, Part Two

Founded in 1951, the massive Lutheran Church of the Atonement continues the trend of Modernism fulfilling the needs for new congregations as Florissant rapidly grew after World War II. The stained glass is simple, and overall there is the overall trend of simple vertical lines with limited ornament, sitting on a bend on North New…

Two Modernist Churches in Florissant, Part One

For lack of a better word to describe them, A-frame churches can be spotted popping up around the St. Louis region after World War II. Two of the most interesting are in the Florissant area. The first one, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church on Graham Road, is perhaps the tallest and largest. While I can…

Halls Ferry Medical Arts Building

I give full credit to Toby Weiss of BELT St. Louis for introducing me to this unique building on New Halls Ferry Road. Perhaps representing a certain “attitude” of Modernism, Toby chronicled the medical building in two posts, first in July of 2008, and then again in September of 2010, as the owners did some…

Former North American Martyrs Roman Catholic Church, Florissant

There was a blossoming of Modernist church architecture in St. Louis after World War II, particularly in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. As hundreds of thousands of people moved to the suburbs, some pre-existing parishes saw new churches built, while brand new parishes sprang up, as well. In the case of North American Martyrs, it was…

Jamestown Mall, Months Before the Start of Demolition, and Flo-Lin Corners

Update: The mall was demolished in 2023-2024. What better way to begin our look at Florissant than to take one last examination at the abandoned Jamestown Mall, where demolition will begin soon. Located east of the city limits of Florissant, in what is still semi-rural surroundings, the mall has failed while contemporary and historic shopping…

Exploring Florissant

Note: I’m happy to report that Bellefontaine Cemetery is back open to the public after being closed due to some recent storm damage. Please go check out the cemetery if you haven’t already! The first place we’re going to be looking at in our new direction is Florissant, which was suggested by a reader several…

Carrollton, Revisited November 2022

I was in the vicinity of the now-demolished neighborhood of Carrollton, so I thought I would swing by and see who things looked. First off, I couldn’t believe I had missed this giant domed bowling alley the other times I had come by. Located northwest of Lambert International Airport off Natural Bridge Road, the subdivision’s…

Two Events Coming Up Soon

I would like to invite my readers to two wonderful events coming up this weekend and the first weekend of October. Imagine yourself trapped between two hostile forces during the Civil War in Missouri. Caught in this huge conflict the enslaved Archer Alexander would earn his freedom, because of his brave act at the Peruque Creek bridge…

Lake Sherwood

Note: The streets around Lake Sherwood are private. I recently was invited to visit Lake Sherwood in Overland, which is an artificially created lake created by the Laughlin Family. Henry Laughlin had originally acquired the property that was the headwaters of the River des Peres–yes the same River des Peres that empties out into the…