Other Fall Updates, Fires, Demolitions, Etc.

It finally happened, the Mullanphy Emigrant Home, which I last looked at back in June of this year, caught on fire and burned to the ground on the night of September 14th. There is certainly no grand conspiracy, but simply the fact that overnight lows reached 50 degrees, and a squatter’s fire probably spread out…

Jefferson Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

Speaking of pedestrian bridges, there actually was at least one that I learned about from Vivian Gibson, author of The Last Children of Mill Creek. It’s been demolished, obviously, but it once took pedestrians over the Mill Creek railyards in the alignment of what was known as West Jefferson Avenue (really the original path of…

Odds and Ends

When I’m out and about, I sometimes snap pictures of interesting buildings that later expand into larger posts, but other times, I can’t figure out what to do with them. These photos are “outtakes;” buildings that are worth publishing but didn’t grow into anything else. Above, this is an old warehouse complex on Texas Avenue…

Former Burger Chef, Arsenal and Jefferson

Just to the north of the beautiful street wall of Nineteenth Century buildings lining South Jefferson north of Wyoming, a parking lot appears. A keen eye will see that faded but still visible paint, including a yellow arrow can be seen in the cracked and deteriorating asphalt. Then, like at Pompeii, a ceramic floor appears,…

Jefferson and Gravois, Revisited

I’ve looked at the intersection of South Jefferson and Gravois avenues in July of 2012, and I came back over the course of several months to photograph the crossing of two of the most important streets in the inner South Side. It’s come a long way from when it was a small exurban village surrounded…

Jefferson Avenue at Interstate 44

Here we go again; more crumbling infrastructure has to be torn down and replaced; in Baby Boomers’ lifetimes we are now going on the third bridge in some parts of St. Louis, such as the Grand Viaduct. Interstate 44 has caused irreparable damage to South St. Louis; the Barr Branch of the St. Louis Public…

Four Family Flat, South Jefferson

I see amazing buildings such as this one along South Jefferson Avenue, and I think what possibility they hold, but it’s rough with the heavy traffic going by. There are windows out there that can block out the noise (my friends who used to own the Declaration Independence Neudorf House proved this to me), but…

Jefferson Avenue, Between Arsenal and Gravois

Continuing north, here is the west side of Jefferson between Arsenal and Gravois. The following building, the Gravois Theater, was next, but has been demolished. From here, this is Jefferson from Gravois south to Arsenal.

Jefferson Avenue, Between Utah and Arsenal

Continuing north, we see the west side of Jefferson between Utah and Arsenal. The house below of course was the residence of one of the owners of the Cherokee Brewery. Below on the left is the Declaration Independence Neudorf House. Update: See the parking lot of the former fast food restaurant to the north in…