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…

East of Saint Louis University Hospital, In Transition

Update: I revisited the area in the fall of 2022. I was worried about the blocks east of Grand Boulevard and the SLU medical campus that I include in the Tiffany neighborhood, but is really part of the greater Compton Hill area, a richly historic African American community. SLU had been buying up huge swaths…

Two Synagogues, West County

United Hebrew Congregation has a rich history going back to 1837, when the City of St. Louis was still a relatively small town, and before the influx of German and Irish immigrants had dramatically changed the makeup of the population. Like many of the prominent congregations of any religion or denomination in St. Louis, it…

Green Houses Coming Along, St. Louis Place

I want to take this opportunity to apologize to the builders of the three “green” houses on Montgomery Street in St. Louis Place. It turns out construction has picked back up again and was not in fact abandoned forever.

The Central West End in Transition

Twenty years ago, when I would spend time in my friend’s family restaurant, the Majestic, I would have never imagined the way in which the Central West End south of Lindell would have been transformed in the last ten years. The signs were appearing, of course. First was the towering Park East, seen above, which…

Near South Side, Peoria

Update: This post was originally titled “Central Peoria,” but was revised in June of 2022 to reflect its proper name, which is the Near South Side, or just South Side of Peoria. The accompanying text has been adapted, as well. It’s hard to explain, but all the Near South Side of Peoria to the northwest…

Ridgeview Place

My family and I thought it would be fun to go by the condominium development built off the side of our normal house subdivision and see how things were going. Wait a minute, what the heck is up with those downspouts?!

West on St. Louis Avenue, Summer 2019

I’ve been creating new tags for notable streets in St. Louis that I feel represent great cross sections of architecture and culture (such as North Broadway or Cherokee, and the newly introduced South Jefferson), and I’m now introducing a “St. Louis Avenue” tag, for what I believe is a street that best illustrates the North…