Revisiting Carondelet: Michigan Avenue Between Iron and Mott Streets

Next up south of Iron Street, which doglegs at Michigan, is the old Des Peres School, which I’ve looked at before. The rest of the block has been dramatically altered with the construction of a community health center. Crossing Holly Hills Avenue, the streetscape goes back to a more normal appearance for the area, with…

Whittemore Place

Along the west side of Lafayette Square, in between Missouri Avenue and South Jefferson are Whittemore and Albion places. We’ll look at Whittemore Place today. Nothing of the street had been developed by 1876, when Compton and Dry published Pictorial St. Louis, as can be seen above, even though Lafayette Avenue had already been built…

Former Burger Chef, Arsenal and Jefferson

Just to the north of the beautiful street wall of Nineteenth Century buildings lining South Jefferson north of Wyoming, a parking lot appears. A keen eye will see that faded but still visible paint, including a yellow arrow can be seen in the cracked and deteriorating asphalt. Then, like at Pompeii, a ceramic floor appears,…

French Market Area, Revisited

I looked at the French Market area almost a decade ago in February of 2011 when there was a thick coat of ice on the ground in the area south of the elevated lanes of Highway 40 in the area that is known as Frenchtown. It was once a bustling area, anchored by the French…

Jefferson and Gravois, Revisited

I’ve looked at the intersection of South Jefferson and Gravois avenues in July of 2012, and I came back over the course of several months to photograph the crossing of two of the most important streets in the inner South Side. It’s come a long way from when it was a small exurban village surrounded…

Chippewa Street, Then and Now

I know I swore sometime back in 2007 or 2008 that I would never let St. Louis Patina become one of those “St. Louis Then and Now” sites, instead focusing on the here and now, and how historic architecture influences the world today. That being said, sometimes it’s fun to do a comparison of old…