Old Post Office, Revisited

I realized recently I really hadn’t taken any good photographs of the Old Post Office ever, so I took a trip down late in the afternoon on a Saturday. The light was a little weird, but they turned out OK.  

Chemical Building from Across Olive

I went to a panel discussion in the Laclede Gas Building, and took the opportunity to take some pictures of the Chemical Building across the street. The contrast with the Old Post Office creates one of my favorite street corners in the city.

3,500th Post: Could We Please Just Stop Building Crap?

So it’s been over a decade since the Century Building has been torn down, and the 9th Street Garage, built in its place, has managed not to collapse in that time period. A friend of mine, who worked on the garage, said it was not built properly and had to be repaired during construction. They…

Paul Brown Building

Built on the first floor and foundations of an earlier building, the Paul Brown Building makes up roughly the other half of the block occupied by the Arcade-Wright Building. I find the decoration in terracotta hard to quantify: what style is it really other than a playful mixture of different styles such as a dentilated…

Arcade Building, Revisited

Update: The Arcade-Wright Building was finally rehabbed in 2015. I was planning on posting about the long vacant Arcade Building today anyway, but then came the announcement that the building will finally be renovated into apartments. The Arcade Building is interesting in that it is one of the few large skyscrapers not in the Chicago…

Chemical Building #4

I never get tired of the Chemical Building, which is easily one of the most beautiful skyscrapers in downtown. I’ve come back to it on multiple occasions, and this time, as the sun set a few weeks ago, it was looking as good as ever.

Frisco Building

I sometimes forget about the Frisco Building, in favor of the nearby Chemical Building or Arcade Building; in fact, I think this is the first dedicated post for it in six years. But it is still a very cool skyscraper, with long vertical bands of buff brick with handsome terracotta elements. It also bears a…

Downtown Vistas

I found some old photos of downtown that I hadn’t posted yet; above is the Bell telephone exchange, which will house a new restaurant in the near future. Above is the Frisco Building, anchoring the southwest corner of the Old Post Office plaza. Below is the northwest corner of Tucker and Washington, with the Bogen…

Old Post Office

The Old Post Office can never seem to get a break. Designed in a style of architecture that was once reviled and now celebrated, downtown planners have had a tenuous relationship with the massive building in the center of the downtown. Once slated for demolition, then renovated into a failed mall back in the absurdly…