Security Building, Revisited Again

I found some photos of the Security Building deep in the St. Louis Patina archives, and I thought they should see the light of day. The standard story always goes is that it’s the last, or one of the last Romanesque Revival skyscrapers in St. Louis before the coming of the innovative Wainwright Building, but…

Security Building, Revisited

I caught the Security Building in the morning light and saw new details I had never noticed before. Take a look at this historic office building, finished just before the dawn of the new era with the completion of the Wainwright Building.

Security Building

The Security Building is an important link to the commercial core of St. Louis before the arrival of Chicago School skyscrapers further west, not particularly tall, and architecturally unique. Located on what was once called the “Wall Street of the West,” surely it is no coincidence the Federal Reserve is located next door. The Security…

Two Downtown Office Building Lobbies

Many of the old buildings in downtown St. Louis still possess their original lobbies, some of which are breathtaking. Below is the lobby of the Paul Brown Building, recently restored as condominiums. The stucco work is fantastic in this building, and more importantly, the lobby is lined with shop spaces–in direct contradiction to Modernist buildings…