Culver House Under Threat

You might have heard in the news about the expansion planned by the St. Louis Symphony, which will add new wings out the east and south of the original building built as the St. Louis Theater. Not mentioned is the demolition of the Culver House, which I have featured before as the Stephen Allen Bemis…

State Street Historic District, Jacksonville, Part Two

Moving along down east back towards Central Park in Jacksonville on West State Street, we encounter the August Ayers House, constructed in 1857. That date of construction makes it an incredibly early example of Italianate architecture. Moving along, the Italianate houses are humbler, but I can’t help but notice that the house below has a…

State Street Historic District, Jacksonville, Part One

West of the courthouse and Central Park, Jacksonville dazzles the visitor with the West State Street Historic District, which is one of the best preserved clusters of Victorian Period houses in the Midwest. It is fascinatingly similar to Maine Avenue in Quincy, which is just a short drive from here to the west. The first…

Washington, Illinois, March 2022

I last photographed Washington, Illinois back in August of 2019, and I was passing through so I thought I was take a look around. My grandfather helped dig the basement of the church above with his team of horses back in the early Twentieth Century. This house nearby unfortunately has suffered a recent fire. I…

Metamora, Revisited

I found myself near Metamora, which I had visited back in 2011, so I went into town and looked around again. I stumbled across St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, built in a German Hallkirche style, where the buttresses are engaged to the curtain wall. There are several blind windows, as well. The rectory is attached…

Germantown, Montgomery County, Ohio

I drove into Germantown, Ohio from the east, and was greeted by a row of beautifully restored houses from the Nineteenth through early Twentieth Centuries Orangish-red brick was used to build Italianate style houses along the main road into town. Many houses have been restored, and its proximity to major Ohio cities (it’s actually in…

Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio

As I was planning out my short drive between Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, I spotted a town slightly off the interstate named Washington Court House. That sounds interesting, I thought, I wonder if there’s a nice courthouse there. Google Street View confirmed there was in fact a spectacular courthouse there, so I turned off the…

Southwest Garden, Part One

The Southwest Garden District is one of the strangest shaped, and most dichotomatic neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis. It didn’t make the cut back in 2007 when I was simplifying the neighborhoods I was creating tags for, and the part east of Kingshighway was lumped in with Shaw, and the part to the…

Moss Avenue Between Western Avenue and North MacArthur Highway, Peoria

Moss Avenue is a historic district that stretches along the bluffs near Bradley University northwest of downtown Peoria. I’ve broken up the street into two sections, first from Western Avenue to North MacArthur Highway/North University Avenue. There are a wide variety of styles, with everything from early Twentieth Century Colonial Revival to Shingle Style houses,…