The Greater Ville and Western Lutheran Cemetery, Late Summer 2021

I decided to check up on the Western Lutheran Cemetery, which I had not visited January of 2021, and had not really looked at closely nor walked the grounds since January of 2019. I came down Ashland Avenue, and to my dismay, I discovered in the 4500 block one of those unique one story bungalows…

Natural Bridge Avenue Between Warne and Clay Avenues, South Side

Update: I continued west on Natural Bridge in July of 2022. Heading west on Natural Bridge Avenue, there are more surprises that can be enjoyed, including this massive duplex on the right above. There seems to be more single family houses west of Warne Avenue. Sadly, there is more abandonment, with some interesting houses that…

Natural Bridge Avenue Between Vandeventer and Warne Avenues, South Side

I know that many people, including business owners along Natural Bridge Avenue, have spoken out and criticized the “road diet” that has considerably narrowed the major thoroughfare through a multitude of North St. Louis neighborhoods. There were concerns that it would negatively affect business, and I would not ever claim to know how to run…

Former Wagoner Place Methodist Church, In Ruins

The former Wagoner Place Methodist Church collapsed into a giant pile of rubble, which frankly surprised me. On my first and only previous visit, it looked perfectly fine, and I didn’t see any reason why it would structurally fail so spectacularly. I guess, looking back at my old photographs, that if you examine the eaves,…

Farragut Elementary School

I couldn’t help notice the similarity between David Farragut Elementary School in the Greater Ville neighborhood and Franz Sigel down in McKinley Heights. Both were designed by William B. Ittner, though Farragut opened in 1905, a year before Sigel. Both are named after Union commanders: Farragut, the first full admiral in American history, and Sigel,…

The Greater Ville, January 2020

I was in the area of the eastern Greater Ville, and a found new surprise while checking on some updates. This amazing Greek Revival country house shows that there was plenty of early development out in the Grand Prairie near Fairground Park long before the “suburban” housing stock was built in the early Twentieth Century….

Around Ashland Avenue, The Greater Ville

Two years ago, I wrote the following about the houses above that I photographed on a cold, gray morning: “And then, there is a small pocket of Modern bungalows, which if this neighborhood’s trend continues, might very well have been part of a quarry operation or always open space before these were built around or…

Cote Brilliante Elementary School

Located in the Greater Ville, Cote Brilliante Elementary is not actually on the street of the same name, which is further to the south. It is poorly spelled French for “shining hill,” and was the name for the tracts of land and the additions nearby due to a Native American mound located in the area….

Former Wagoner Place Methodist Church

Update: This church collapsed into a giant pile of rubble on June 25, 2021, leaving only the tower and Sunday School wing standing. I’m glad I photographed it when I had the chance. I was shocked to hear reports of its collapse; it did not look that structurally unstable, but the heavy rains and high…

Former Bethany Evangelisch Lutheran Church

Constructed in 1928 as the Bethany Evangelisch Lutheran Church, this building is now occupied by the Tabernacle of Life Church. It is a great example of English Gothic Revival architecture. It was absolutely glowing in the early morning light the Saturday I photographed it. See this section of Natural Bridge Avenue here.