St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church

Update: I went back and revisited the church in the fall of 2020. I like the crisscross of power lines, roof lines and pavement lines at this intersection of Military Road and South Broadway.

Otto Lemp and Family, New St. Marcus Cemetery

Adam Lemp’s third wife had a daughter from an earlier marriage that later married a Gottfried Pfaff. They both died, so Adam raised his step-grandson, Otto, who eventually unofficially took the Lemp name. He’s buried in an unrelated family plot out in New St. Marcus Cemetery in Affton. He seems to have little relations with…

Crestwood Mall Demolition, Conclusion

Update: Due to public outcry, the large pile of dirt left behind, dubbed “Mount Crestwood,” was removed by October of 2018. There’s not much left to say about the demolition of Crestwood Mall; we have not learned from our past, and will continue to make the same mistakes. Plan on Gravois Bluffs being demolished forty…

Crestwood Mall Demolition, the Past is Now Back to the Present

Crestwood Mall is disappearing, but the recent demolition of the “front” of the mall, built in 1984 opposite the original strip mall shops, has reappeared, temporarily. Most fascinating to me, the curved original facade of the Sears, one of the original tenants, can be seen now. Only a small portion of the enclosed renovation is…

Old Stix, Baer and Fuller Store Demolition Continues

The demolition of the old Crestwood Mall, and in particular its Stix, Baer and Fuller store, is accelerating as external evidence has appeared of interior demolition. The parking structure is long gone, and now the pavilion restaurant, once a hallmark of Stix’s new stores out in the county, is being demolished. Altered from its “Onassis…

Crestwood Mall, Demolition, Late July 2016

Obviously there’s a huge amount of work going on inside Crestwood Plaza, but the parking garage for the old Stix, Baer and Fuller is coming down slowly. Stylistically, the Stix, later Dillard’s department store was the most aesthetically pleasing, but apparently the parking deck was structurally unstable, and it has to be demolished. The two…

St. Paul Churchyard, South County

Update: See the cemetery in October of 2018, along with the famous Father Dickson Cemetery, when I back to see how it was doing. After the old Evangelisch Lutheran cemetery, founded in 1848 at Gravois and Wilmington,had to close in 1926, it was moved out to Rock Hill Road. The cemetery is about half full,…