Family Photos

I found some old pictures my family took from the Arch back in 1986-7; in the upper left, you can see the Cupples Warehouses sitting vacant. The first Kiener Plaza, now demolished, was just starting construction. The ash trees are now gone, but they were relatively young thirty years ago. Below, the Metropolitan Square Building…

Ornamentation, Wainwright Building

While the Chicago School might be known for sparse ornamentation, the Wainwright Building proves that wrong; from the door on the first floor to the smallest detail, the building is accented with perfect, innovative designs. There is the most interesting design element on the vertical elements in between the windows on the floor right above…

The Wainwright Building

Completed in 1891, the Wainwright Building by Louis Sullivan is perhaps St. Louis’s most influential building, commissioned by Ellis Wainwright from the firm of Adler and Sullivan. Discarding revivalist trends in skyscrapers of the time, Sullivan created an entirely new vocabulary for a tall building. Sparsely adorned vertical lines dominate the structure, cutting through the…

Downtown Views

Update: Pyramid Companies went bankrupt, but the buildings renovation by a new company was completed in September 2015.

The Arcade Building

Update: Pyramid Companies went bankrupt, but the building’s renovation by a new company was completed in September 2015. This weekend my parents and I decided to take a look at several of the new condo projects in downtown St. Louis. If I actually have the money in 2009, I would really like to buy one….