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,…

Demolitions and Ruins

Update: The site is now a vacant lot. The three houses in Old North (last photo) just north of Crown Candy are now gone, but I’m noticing something new; they’re removing the basements now and not just simply pushing the dirt into the hole. Below, a four family I photographed on Hebert Street back in…

Green Houses Coming Along, St. Louis Place

I want to take this opportunity to apologize to the builders of the three “green” houses on Montgomery Street in St. Louis Place. It turns out construction has picked back up again and was not in fact abandoned forever.

North St. Louis, Late Summer, 2019

I met new people all over North St. Louis this summer, including members of the congregation of the Original Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in the Ville neighborhood, on St. Louis Avenue. Better Family Life had organized dozens of churches to host barbecues all summer long, and the Church had been one of the participants. I…

West on St. Louis Avenue, Summer 2019

I’ve been creating new tags for notable streets in St. Louis that I feel represent great cross sections of architecture and culture (such as North Broadway or Cherokee, and the newly introduced South Jefferson), and I’m now introducing a “St. Louis Avenue” tag, for what I believe is a street that best illustrates the North…

St. Liborius, Interior, Revisited

Easily the posts that have elicited the strongest emotions from my readers have been the ones concerning St. Liborius, which was converted into a skate park after the previous owners had begun to let the building slip into property tax default. I recently made a return visit, and there are several changes in process at…

Winkelmann Mansion Property For Sale, and Other Follies

Update: Construction on the “green” houses started back up again in mid to late 2019.  Oh hey, if you’d like to buy the vacant lot at the corner of St. Louis Avenue and 20th Street, it’s for sale, minus the historic mansion that Paul McKee let collapse and be demolished back in 2013. Meanwhile, another…