Historic American Buildings Survey: The Clemens Mansion

It seems like it’s been far longer, but it’s coming up on three years since fire gutted the James Clemens Mansion, resulting in its final demolition. But back in November of 1960, Paul Piaget photographed the mansion when it was still part of a religious complex as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey, cataloged…

Little Sisters of the Poor, Revisited

For whatever reason, the Little Sisters of the Poor is a difficult building to photograph adequately. After being a presence in North St. Louis, and in St. Louis Place since 1869, the institution for senior citizens is now closed. This is a newer building built on the site of an older one; the wall is…

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…

St. Augustine’s, Sunset, Early May, 2020

I no longer worry about St. Augustine’s like I did in the past, now that young and energetic people are working to save it. But I realized that I can still continue to come by at sunset and photograph the edifice in all its glory. And I’m no longer going to use the tag “Abandoned…

Thirteenth Anniversary of Saint Louis Patina

2507-9 Hebert Street are both owned by Paul McKee’s Northside Regeneration. The thirteenth anniversary technically happened yesterday, on the Sixteenth, but I wanted to finish up my series on Dubuque first. What’s one day nowadays, anyway, when days run into the next and weekends are meaningless? I was struggling to think of something to write…

Checking In On St. Augustine’s

Elves have a long history in Western Civilization, going all the way back to Norse mythology. They are often tricksters, causing trouble for humans, but they also sometimes surreptitiously provide help to them, as well. Working in the mists and outside the view of human eyes, their labor is often done beyond the temporal plane…

Randomness Around St. Augustine’s

I called this post “Randomness Around St. Augustine’s” because that best describes what is happening around the church which is getting a second chance on life, as I wrote about yesterday. Above, Central High School, captured out the window of the circular stair tower of the church, is in bad shape, and is slated for…

The Resurrection of St. Augustine’s

As I wrote this Monday in St. Louis Magazine, the long suffering St. Augustine has been purchased by Brittany Breeden and is going to be rehabbed as a community center. No, it’s not going to be returned back to an immaculate copy of what it looked like in 1900, but rather it will be stabilized,…