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. The large apartment building on St. Louis Avenue is still sitting as a burned out shell. The effect of the NGA is also showing, as well, as there…

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 when 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

Update: As of the winter of 2022, the burned out shell was still standing. 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 last week. I’ll be honest; I was not optimistic…

Abandoned House, Western St. Louis Place

Right off North Jefferson Avenue I spotted this house, the last one on the block, isolated from the rest of the St. Louis Place neighborhood from the busy thoroughfare on the east (construction signs for the new NGA say “watch for trucks entering and leaving highway”–how apropos to the speeds people drive) and the Sensient…

John Loler House, In Ruins

Update: The ruins have largely been cleared away. There’s not much to say, after the fire that destroyed the John Loler House two Saturdays ago. The ruins will probably sit for a little while, and then be torn down. There was a woman living inside, and she had some of her belongings on the side…

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…