Royale Orleans

Either you’ve experienced the St. Louis tradition of the Royale Orleans and its mostaccioli, or you haven’t. Perhaps you’ve even been there numerous times over the decades. One time after a wedding the caterer told us we could take the ice sculpture off the banquet table. That was a really dumb idea and we ended…

St. John Paul II, Formerly St. George, Roman Catholic Church

Dominating the commanding hill at the intersection of Gravois and Heege roads, the relatively new parish of St. John Paul II Roman Catholic Church in Affton was created by combining St. Dominic Savio and St. George in 2018, using the latter’s building. I looked at this church way off in the distance in the past…

Alswel, January 2022

I also decided to head down the Meramec River and see how the view of Alswel, which was William Lemp, Jr.’s house that overlooks the Butler Lakes, was doing. His death certificate actually says he was a resident of the Chase Hotel in 1922 at the time of his suicide in the Lemp Mansion.

St. John’s United Church of Christ, Mehlville

I always figured St. John Church Road, just off Lindbergh Boulevard in the Mehlville area went to a church, and I finally went up and investigated. A short drive up the road, and there’s this nice English Gothic Revival church with a lot of history. Now a member of the United Church of Christ, this…

St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church, Lemay, Revisited

I’ve photographed St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church in Lemay one time before back in July of 2017, but I was passing by and decided to take another look. St. Andrew was one of the two oldest disciples, and was the brother of St. Peter. They were both fishermen. One of my favorite depictions of the…

School Sisters of Notre Dame, Revisited

I realized recently that my pictures of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Lemay were not very good, so I went back and captured their motherhouse on a bright, sunny fall morning recently.         

56th United States Colored Infantry Monument, Jefferson Barracks

Jefferson Barracks is such an historic place, you never know what you might stumble upon when you visit. I was visiting the National Cemetery for another reason when I spotted this memorial. I never knew the story of the 56th U.S. Colored Infantry, but it is a fascinating story, and you should learn about it,…

Two South County Cemeteries, Revisited

I went back by Father Dickson Cemetery, a historic African American cemetery off of Sappington Road, which I visited back in 2015 for a story for St. Louis Magazine. It still looks great, and is a model for maintaining a historic burial place. I also went back St. Paul Cemetery, off of Rock Hill Road,…