Twin Silos

The question arose when we viewed the entrance gateway to this new development: was the name obtained a priori or a posteriori?

John F. Kennedy High School, Interior and Today

I dug up some old photos of John F. Kennedy High School from when it had just opened back in 1971. As I covered back in March of this year, it has been completely demolished for new houses named Celtic Meadows. As can be seen below, there has been some major grading work going on…

Lindell Boulevard Between Vandeventer and North Boyle Avenues

Heading west of Vandeventer, this stretch of Lindell Boulevard is perhaps the most devastated of the entire street in the Central West End. There is hardly anything left from the Nineteenth Century left on the north side. Even the AAA was once threatened with demolition for a drug store several years. Perhaps the most notable…

Northside Regeneration and the Future of North St. Louis

Heading east on St. Louis Avenue just east of Garrison, I spotted a strange sight: a pair of houses that I was sure were going to be demolished (fifth and sixth photos down; like all of their neighbors, which I’ve documented over the last decade) are undergoing a massive renovation. My, how times have changed….

Woods Mill Center, Facing Demolition

There doesn’t seem to be much research or scholarship done on the subject, but there should be more study of shopping centers “left behind,” sort of like the Bates Motel, when a major traffic artery is rerouted onto a new axis. Such is the case for many 1960s and 70s era shopping centers along the…

Development in Northwest Lafayette Square

Redevelopment is finally coming to the northwest corner of Lafayette Square, which was long the abandoned site of the former Praxair facility, which exploded years ago. It’s a mixture of a large apartment building along Chouteau Avenue, while there are houses being built along Hickory Street. I was told the old stone house, which I…

Renovation of the Old Bavarian Inn

There’s some great news at the long dormant and abandoned, and frequently vandalized former Bavarian Inn restaurant at the southeastern corner of Arsenal Street and Minnesota Avenue. The rehabilitation will return a restaurant space and outdoor patio to the old storefront facing Arsenal, and the house facing Minnesota will become a rental property. A later…

John F. Kennedy High School, Demolished

Update: See historic photos of the interior and the state of construction in August of 2022. Kennedy High School is no more. There are only long piles of rubble. The machines who did the deed are sitting around surveying their work, and other Caterpillar products are awaiting their turn to permanently alter the topography to…