Odds and Ends from the Winter of 2022

Occasionally I build up some photos that don’t really go with anything else, and I present them to you here. Above is a nice house on Lemp Avenue across from the brewery that is now an AirBnB. For the longest time, it was a band practice space. Moving across the old St. Louis Commons to…

Shenandoah Arch Replaced

Back in January of 2020, I featured the four-family on Shenandoah Avenue whose front porch was later demolished due to structural problems (it was almost certainly not original to the building). Lo and behold, it has been completely rebuilt, which is great news, as it added a lot of character to the Tower Grove East…

Renovation of the Old Bavarian Inn

There’s some great news at the long dormant and abandoned, and frequently vandalized former Bavarian Inn restaurant at the southeastern corner of Arsenal Street and Minnesota Avenue. The rehabilitation will return a restaurant space and outdoor patio to the old storefront facing Arsenal, and the house facing Minnesota will become a rental property. A later…

Checking in on South Compton Avenue and Arsenal Street

I’m impressed that work has already started on repairing the damage to the high value corner storefront at the northwest corner of South Compton Avenue and Arsenal Street, which was hit by an out-of-control driver several weeks ago. The terracotta and brick has been carefully stacked and sorted for reinstallation. Note the square cut-out in…

Reckless Stupidity, Compton Avenue and Arsenal Street, Tower Grove East

Update: Repairs began a couple of weeks after the collision. Well, it finally happened. An insane, totally irresponsible jerk was hurtling through my neighborhood of Tower Grove East and crashed into another car, and then came to rest at the base of the beautiful corner store at the northwest corner of South Compton Avenue and…

Around Tower Grove East, Winter 2020-21

Remember, if you’re going down a street with a bunch of houses from the 1910s, and all the sudden there are houses from the 1950s, you need to do some investigating. Yes, it may have just been where a house burned down, or maybe a livery stable yard, but sometimes there is something really cool…

Grant School

I could have sworn I’d photographed Grant School before, and I may have, but I can’t find it now. Nevertheless, it’s a great example of first, a pre-Ittner/Milligan school in St. Louis, and secondly, a perfect example of how an old school building can be renovated into apartments. Tower Grove East is a stable neighborhood…

Messiah Lutheran Church, Tower Grove East

I’ve driven and walked by Messiah Lutheran Church thousands of times, and I am embarrassed to admit that other than this one photo from September of 2013, which I replicated below since it’s such a beautiful view, I’ve never closely photographed it before. I suspect the church was sited in its lot to line it…

Virginia Avenue Between Sidney Street and Halliday Avenue, East Side

I’m not going to apologize for or lay off my criticism of the crap that’s happening to innocent houses such as the one you see above and below. They’re the same house, before and after a certain firm gets ahold of houses that are in perfectly fine shape, and then proceed to destroy them, putting…