Union Illinois Traction Railroad Depot

I’ve written before about the Illinois Terminal or Traction Railroad, which was an electric-powered line that snaked its way around the the Midwest, with St. Louis being a major hub from its underground station at the northeast corner of Washington and Tucker. I featured the well-preserved and occupied station at Mackinaw, Illinois back in September…

Southwest Garden, Part Three

Many of the east-west streets have the same names of their counterparts on the other side of the Botanical Garden in Shaw. This is Flad Avenue, I believe, which is a mix of two- and four-family apartments. I do not know what happened to the building above; there was some sort of fire, obviously. The…

East Peoria

I could probably convince a lot of people that the photo above was taken “at the bottom of the hill” in St. Clair County, where the bluffs come down to the floodplains that stretch to the Mississippi. But this is actually East Peoria, where the bluffs and floodplains are on the east side of the…

Two Apartment Buildings, Cabanne and Hamilton Avenues

Meanwhile, there are two well-maintained apartment buildings on Cabanne and Hamilton avenues. The first one is just to the west and adjacent to the second one yesterday. Designed in a sort of Spanish Revival style, it is in great condition and occupied. There appears to have once been a garage underneath, like many of these…

Wells-Goodfellow, Spring 2021

Update: I went back in the fall of 2021. I took a look around Wells-Goodfellow to see how things were doing. I had been back in 2018 to revisit places I had seen in the past, and things were looking much the same as when I had looked at the neighborhood in extensus in 2017….

Wild Acres Park, Former Holy Family Seminary

The former Holy Family Seminary in Overland is now Wild Acres Park, but the buildings are still well-preserved and the grounds well-maintained. They have sort of a 1940s proto-Modernist interpretation of the Spanish Revival, which I sort of like. Like St. Stanislaus Seminary in the Florissant area, the decline in enrollment in seminaries resulted in…

Fanning Elementary School

What’s now Fanning Middle School, and what will soon be a vacant building, was originally an elementary school. It’s one of the most interesting and architecturally rich of the schools designed by William B. Ittner in 1907. Clear views of the school are now blocked by some strange looking trees, but it’s a mix of…

The Vanished Theaters of Gravois Avenue

There used to be so many more theaters in St. Louis, and they’ve mostly been demolished. Take the Granada, seen above, and then look below, where the theater and its entrance have been removed and turned into a parking lot for the apartment building that originally attached to the theater. It was fairly common for…