Union Boulevard, Walnut Park, Revisited

I’ve looked at Union Boulevard between West Florissant and I-70 before, back in July of 2019, and it’s an interesting stretch of street. There have been many demolitions of the old workers’ houses that I photographed in the past, but there are still many houses left that I remember from before. There is also this…

Former St. Adalbert’s Roman Catholic Church

At the corner of Woodland and Wren is the former Polish Roman Catholic Church of St. Adalbert’s in the Walnut Park neighborhood, now owned by Oakgrove Missionary Baptist. It is obvious, particularly because there is a formerly vacant lot, now filled with new in-fill on Woodland, that this is the second sanctuary of that church….

4,500th Post

A long time ago, perhaps 3,000 posts ago, I realized that if I wasn’t careful, I could make a really nice neighborhood look like a complete disaster, or conversely, with just a few strategic photographs, make a totally desolate street with only a couple of houses left look like it was completely intact. As an…

Former Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church

What is now the Celestial Temple of Peace at 5513 Oriole Avenue at the corner of Harney was originally Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Walnut Park. It was opened in 1904, and closed in 1982, its congregation processing to St. Adalbert’s at 5720 Woodlawn, which itself would later close and merge with…

Former St. Mary’s Orphan Home

Now missing its central cupola and no longer functioning in its original purpose, St. Mary’s Orphan Home or Asylum stands on Emerson Avenue in the Walnut Park neighborhood. Originally it was probably out in the exurbs, built in 1909, but the City caught up with it and the campus is now surrounded by bungalows. It…

Former St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church

I discovered the former St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church somehow in the Walnut Park neighborhood, so I went by to take some pictures. Founded in 1919, It’s based off Lombard Romanesque architecture, which I saw in Milan in churches such as Saint Ambrose. But really there are all sorts of hulking piles of monumental…

Mark Twain Elementary School

Mark Twain Elementary School is so trashed, that it is not even listed on the St. Louis Public Schools’ surplus property page (feel free to look and see if you can find it–I couldn’t). This school was paid for with tax dollars, maintained with tax dollars, and tax dollars are being wasted as it is…

Walbridge Elementary School

Walbridge Elementary, in Walnut Park, has some pesky trees in the way that make taking clear shots of its entire front facade difficult. Luckily a photograph from the 1950s shows just what a beautiful composition the school is. It was designed by Rockwell Milligan and opened in 1922. It continues the Ittner/Milligan firm’s tradition of…

Jennings into Walnut Park

I spotted this interesting church off of Jennings Station Road just off of Interstate 70, so I thought I would take a look at the surrounding streets. At some point I crossed from Jennings into the Walnut Park West neighborhood, but it was hard to tell because the streets were equally beaten up and huge,…

Union Boulevard, Walnut Park

Upate: I went back in June of 2021 to see how the street was doing. I realized almost all of the houses on Union Boulevard between Interstate 70 and West Florissant Avenue in Walnut Park are wood frame houses. For some reason, this stretch of street was built up early. Unfortunately, now they are falling…