Dodier Street Between Parnell Avenue and North 25th Street

Apparently I have never photographed the sad and depopulated stretch of Dodier Street just to the east of Parnell Avenue, which is the main artery that peals off from North Jefferson Avenue (which becomes a quiet two lanes street to the west of here). I hadn’t realized just how bad of shape this twelve-family had…

Examining the Damage, St. Augustine’s

I think by now most of my readers know about the serious fire that struck the former St. Augustine’s on the night of December 8th on the western edge of the St. Louis Place neighborhood. I went out early on Saturday to take a look at the church and assess the seriousness of the structural…

Fire at Former St. Augustine’s

Update: I went back and surveyed the damage to St. Augustine’s in this post from December 20, 2022. The unthinkable finally happened. A fire broke out in the former St. Augustine’s which had finally been taken under the wing of Project Augustine, who were working to save the mighty church. Despite the (misogynistic) naysayers, Brittany…

St. Louis Place from North Florissant Avenue

Looking across North Florissant Avenue into the St. Louis Place neighborhood, we see the apse of the old St. Liborius, which we probably shouldn’t be able to do if it weren’t for the demolition of so many of the buildings between here and there. Below, we can see again how the street grid of Old…

The Last House, N. 20th Street, St. Louis Place

I don’t know why, but I have come to find this house fascinating in its ability to survive urban disinvestment, redevelopment and abandonment. It sits on a small parcel of land, backing up to new in-fill houses that face St. Louis Place Park, and for whatever reason, it has not been demolished. The plywood looks…

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….

5,000th Post: The Ruins of the Freie Gemeinde

None of my friends who live up north around the St. Louis Place and Old North St. Louis neighborhoods told me they were terribly surprised when the old Freie Gemeinde went up in flames on a bitterly cold night a week ago. It suffered a partial collapse way back in 2013, and when I checked…

St. Liborius, Early November 2021

It was a sunny day on Saturday and there was work being done on the continual restoration of the former German Roman Catholic parish of St. Liborius. I know many readers and former parishioners are upset about its current use as a skate park and arts center, but my continued opinion is that it is…

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…