Former Emmaus German Evangelisch Church

I’m afraid this little church’s days may be numbered at the northeast corner of Tower Grove and Chouteau avenues, as there will be a new development going on this block that will encompass this property. The former Emmaus German Evangelisch Church was founded in 1896, and this building apparently opened the next year. It closed…

Chouteau Trust and Banking Building

The old Chouteau Trust and Banking Building is one of those landmarks that maybe gets taken for granted, sitting right at the eastern gateway to the Grove neighborhood. But it is significant for being such a large office building in what is otherwise a low-rise neighborhood. It is perhaps obvious that it once had a…

St. Crónán’s Roman Catholic Church

St. Cronan’s Roman Catholic Church is not the largest congregation in the Archdiocese, but it is still going strong in the Grove neighborhood, sandwiched on the short blocks in between Manchester and Vandeventer on Boyle. The church is most likely named after St. Crónán of Roscrea, though there is another lesser known Irish saint of…

The House on Vandeventer

Vandeventer Avenue is an interesting street, in that it has had many names over the years along different parts: Market Street Road, Manchester Road and then finally the current appellation. It was already platted out by the 1870s, and it is obvious that the road has been graded since some of the original houses along…

Macklind Avenue Between Oakland and Manchester Avenues

I found myself wandering up Macklind Avenue north of Manchester Avenue, and there’s a unique group of post-World War II light industrial buildings. I’d love to know the story behind the two anachronistic doorways that flank the two sides of this first building. This building obviously dates earlier, probably to the 1930s. This, of course,…

The Grove, January 2020

Update: The building above was demolished, and then the Preservation Review Board, at the behest of the citizens, forced the owners to rebuild it. If there’s any neighborhood that’s changed the most dramatically as far as the built environment goes in the last decade, it has to be the Grove. Sure, there has been more…

Under the Viaducts in the Mill Creek Valley, Part 2

I looked at some of the industrial areas under the bridges and viaducts that cross over the Mill Creek Valley and its extensions west previously. Now we will look at some redevelopment around Grand Boulevard. Some of the buildings that have been sitting abandoned for decades, or just a few years, around Highway 40’s western…

The Romanesque Revival Church, The Grove

I could have sworn I photographed this church back in the summer of 2014, when I passed by on Taylor Avenue. Apparently I did not, but I was impressed with the giant arches of this Romanesque Revival edifice at the corner of Gibson. The Romanesque style features rounded arches with heavy walls and simple decoration…

The 4400 Block of Gibson Avenue

I discovered that photographer Joel Sternfeld had created a series of photographs where various tragedies had occurred. He also photographed 4421 Gibson Avenue, in the Grove, where Christopher Harris was shot to death when he was used as a human shield by a drug dealer exchanging fire with another man. The photograph above is my approximation of…

The Southern Grove, In Transition

The south side of the Grove, or Forest Park Southeast, or whatever you want to call it, is one of those areas that has been isolated for a very long time. It was a small settlement, out the railroad tracks and the Market Street Road, or Manchester Road as we call it nowadays, and even…