Northside Regeneration and the Future of North St. Louis

Heading east on St. Louis Avenue just east of Garrison, I spotted a strange sight: a pair of houses that I was sure were going to be demolished (fifth and sixth photos down; like all of their neighbors, which I’ve documented over the last decade) are undergoing a massive renovation. My, how times have changed….

Checking Up on McKee Land

Little has changed where Paul McKee owns vast swaths of real estate since I went by this area last year. There are still abandoned and fire-gutted buildings. Update: By July of 2022, the ruins below were finally torn down. The large apartment building on St. Louis Avenue is still sitting as a burned out shell….

Outtakes, Spring 2021

They’re cleaning up the ruins of the John Loler House relatively quickly, though I was a little worried to see workers standing on the wood floors now loaded up with the debris of bricks and limestone as they stacked pallets. I had some leftover photographs from when I visited Dunbar Elementary this winter. I’ve always…

Another Loss on St. Louis Avenue

Updates: As of the winter of 2022, the burned out shell was still standing. By July of 2022, it was finally torn down. Right on the heels of the disastrous fire that destroyed the John Loler House, the historic fabric of St. Louis Avenue and the greater St. Louis Place neighborhood suffered another terrible loss this…

St. Louis Avenue, JeffVanderLou, Late May, 2021

I never thought I’d see this day, but all the buildings that were vacant and/or hit by bricktheft have been demolished east of Glasgow Avenue. There were dozens of buildings in this stretch a decade ago, and they’re all gone now. The last ones were still here less than a year ago. We’ll see when…

John Loler House, Destroyed by Fire

Update: See the house in ruins a week later; the site was cleared soon after. I was getting ready Saturday evening to head over to the Granite City Art and Design District when I glanced at Twitter, where I follow the St. Louis Fire Department. They were reporting a fire at a “three story house…

St. Louis Avenue West of North Florissant Avenue

I’ve sporadically photographed the block just to the west of North Florissant Avenue, and mainly the buildings on the south side of the street. They’ve all been destroyed on the south side: first the Winkelmann Mansion, then a row of houses in a fire. But the north side of the street has some amazing buildings…

Updates on the Inner North Side

Update: The remaining houses on the north side of the street have been demolished. Two buildings on St. Louis Avenue in JeffVanderLou apparently had become something of celebrities due to some graffiti someone had painted on them years ago. I came by while they were in the process of being demolished; the one on the…